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Termination and Reemployment Rules

Apr 12, 2022, 10:05 AM by MOSERS

This month, active employees who are within one year of normal retirement eligibility or already eligible to retire will receive a letter reminding them of the termination and reemployment rules. Additionally, we have programmed for an automatic reminder letter to be sent to active employees when they reach the following milestones: one year before early retirement eligibility, two years before normal retirement eligibility, and one year before normal retirement eligibility.

We hope these reminder letters will assist your employees in complying with the termination and reemployment rules, which state that before receiving a benefit payment from MOSERS, IRS rules require a “bona fide termination” of a member’s employment. For purposes of MOSERS Board Rules, a "bona fide termination" occurs when:

  • They have completely severed employment;
  • They have not entered into a prearranged agreement (written or oral), prior to retirement, with the State of Missouri or any MOSERS-covered employer for subsequent employment on any basis (full-time, part-time, or other); and
  • They are not subsequently employed with the State of Missouri or any MOSERS-covered employer on any basis (full-time, part-time, or other) within 30 days after their employment with their prior employer has ended.

For more information, please see our FAQs on Termination and Reemployment Rules and our Termination and Reemployment Rules flyer

Please note that if they do not have a bona fide separation of service, their retirement will be null and void, meaning they will not receive their pension payments.