APERS recognizes that as a retiree, you may wish to return to work. We encourage you to make the decision that is right for you.

If you do choose to return to work, please make sure this decision doesn’t impact on your retirement benefits. APERS strongly encourages you to contact us prior to returning to work for an APERS covered employer.

Regular Retirement

Can I return to work for an APERS-Covered Employer?

Yes, if you meet certain requirements:

  • Retired before 07/01/2009, can go back to work after 30 days.
  • Retired on/after 07/01/2009, can go back to work after 180 days.

DROP Retirement

Can I return to work for an APERS-Covered Employer?

For those enrolled in DROP before 03/01/2011 the answer is Yes, under the following conditions:

  • entered DROP on/prior to 01/01/2009, can go back to work after 30 days
  • entered DROP between 02/01/2009 to 02/01/2011, can to back to work after 180 days.

For those enrolled in DROP with an effective date of March 1, 2011 and later, the answer is No.

Disability Retirement

Can I return to work for an APERS-Covered Employer?

No. You cannot return to work for an APERS-Covered Employer.

Benefits will cease immediately should a member return to work for an APERS employer prior to turning 65.

Returning to work with a non APERS-Covered Employer can jeopardize your disability benefits, if earnings are in excess of the substantial gainful earnings limit.

Elected Official Retirement

Can I return to work for an APERS-Covered Employer?

Yes, if you meet certain requirements:

  • Retired on/before 06/30/2009, can go back to work after 90 days.
  • Retired between 07/01/2009 and 03/31/2011, can go back to work after 180 days.
  • Retired on/after 04/01/2011, can go back to work after 1 year.

Note: Act 378 of 2013 prohibits any county elected officer who resigns during a term in office from appointment to any county elective office during the term for which he or she resigned.

Arkansas public employees retirement system

Here you will find information based on your role in our system, whether you are an active member, near retirement, a retired member or an APERS particpating employer.