Working for a MCERA Employer

As a retired Merced County Employees' Retirement Association (MCERA) member, you may work for a MCERA-participating employer without affecting your monthly retirement benefit as long as you comply with the following requirements.

180-Day Break in Service

Miscellaneous members must have a 180-day break in service following retirement before returning to work for a MCERA employer. A Miscellaneous member can return to work before the end of the 180 days only if the appointment is critical and necessary to prevent work stoppage in an emergency and is approved by the Board of Supervisors in a public meeting.

Public Safety Officer or Firefighter

A public safety officer or firefighter is generally exempt from the 180-day separation requirement if returning to work in a public safety officer or firefighter position.

Other Break in Service Rules

Other break in service rules still apply, in accordance with IRS regulations, for members who retire prior to "normal retirement age" (60 for Miscellaneous members and 50 for Safety members).

960 Hour Limit

Retirees may continue to receive their retirement benefit if their extra help employment with a MCERA employer is limited to 960 hours during each fiscal year (July 1st to June 30th).

Unemployment Insurance

A retiree who receives unemployment insurance arising from the end of an extra help assignment may not be employed in any public employment capacity for a period of 12 months after the unemployment benefits cease.