Hiring Wisconsin Retirement System Annuitants (AP-06-105)

UW-River Falls Administrative Policy
Policy ID: AP-06-105
Effective: July 1, 2012
Last Revision: July 13, 2015
Review: 3 years

Hiring Wisconsin Retirement System Annuitants
Maintained by: Human Resources
Approved by: Chancellor
Next Review Date: July 1, 2018

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Hiring of Wisconsin Retirement System Annuitants shall be governed by this policy.

Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) annuitants must have a minimum break in service of 75 calendar days before returning to work for a WRS participating employer (including UW-River Falls).  Employees who terminate WRS-covered employment are ineligible for any benefit (including retirement annuities, lump-sum retirement benefits, and separation benefits) per Wis. Stat. § 40.23 (1) (a) 1., if they return to WRS-eligible employment before the latest of the following dates:

  1. The day after the annuity effective date.
  2. The 76th day after termination of participating employment.
  3. The 76th day after ETF receives the benefit application. The employee's annuity or lump-sum benefit will be canceled if the return to WRS-eligible employment occurs before this required break in service is fulfilled.

UW-River Falls will not enter into discussion with a retirement annuitant regarding future employment opportunities until after the 75 calendar day break in service.

For non-instructional academic staff positions, WRS retirement annuitants may be hired for positions that are 50% FTE or less at any point in time, after the 75 day break in service.  Annual appointments and nine month appointments will be treated the same.  An annuitant hired for either an annual or nine month appointment may work no more than 50% time.  For Instructional Academic Staff, WRS retirement annuitants may be hired for 50% or less of an IAS course load (15 credits).   Non-instructional staff returning to assist during a transitional period may exceed the 50% FTE for a period not longer than six months.   Non-instructional staff hired on a lump sum basis may not be paid more annually than 50% of their annual salary prior to retirement.

WRS retirement annuitants may be hired as limited term employees (LTE) in positions for a 50% or less appointment.  The 50% appointment is calculated at any point in time which would disallow a 100% appointment for six months.  Any WRS retirement annuitant hired as an LTE may only be hired for positions which will not attain permanent status.  WRS retirement annuitants are not eligible for multiple limited term employee appointments if the combination of appointments exceeds a 50% appointment at any point in time. 

Exceptions to this policy may be granted by the Chancellor and Chief Business Officer in extraordinary cases.  No exceptions will be granted to waive the 75 day break in service.


The UW-River Falls Chancellor issues this policy in accordance with the Administrative Policy process.
The ACBF is responsible for the administration of this policy. Request an exception to this policy by writing to administrative-policy@uwrf.edumail.

Sanctions and Appeals Process

Failure to adhere to the provisions of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary action as provided under existing procedures applicable to students, faculty, and staff, and/or civil or criminal prosecution.

University Responsibilities

Assistant Chancellor for Business and Finance

Department/Unit Responsibilities

Human Resources


Please direct questions about this policy to administrative-policy@uwrf.edumail.