Back in class for the summer

August 13, 2012

Summer school teaching offers an opportunity for retired members to spend a bit of time back in the classroom. If this is the case for you, there are two key things you need to keep in mind.

If you retired at the end of the most recent school year, remember you cannot enter a work agreement to teach summer school until after you have ceased employment. We call this a 'bonafide cessation'.

Not retired? Thinking of teaching summer school? Find out what it could mean for your pension.

Bonafide cessation means:

  • your employer has confirmed acceptance of resignation without condition,
  • no arrangement has been made to return to work in education, and
  • you have received, or your employer has arranged to pay, any applicable gratuity.

With this in mind, you cannot have entered into your agreement to teach summer school until after June 30. If you started to work immediately as a summer school teacher then you haven't ceased employment. Rather, we would consider this a continuation of employment, and you are not entitled to collect a pension.

If you have ceased employment, the second factor to consider is that teaching summer school counts as re-employment, and as such, the re-employment rules apply. Remember, if you plan to work beyond the month in which you exceed the new 50-day limit (effective Sept. 1), you're required to notify us and we will suspend your pension.