The re-employment rules may apply even if you don't get paid for your work. You can't forfeit your pay to circumvent the rules. If the position or duty entitles you to compensation and you decide to decline it, your service will still count toward the 50-day re-employment limit. Keep in mind that payments for services rendered may include gifts and gift certificates.
To determine if volunteer work for a participating employer counts toward the 50-day re-employment limit, ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you paid for this activity or entitled to payment and choose to forfeit it?
- Have you been paid for performing this activity in the past, in and of itself?
If you answer "yes" to either of the above, it's likely re-employment. If you're still unsure, contact us.