Common re-employment questions, answered

August 27, 2012

In the educator's calendar, September signals the start of a new year. This year, it also signals new re-employment rules. Preparing for the rules to take effect has been a hot topic leading up to Sept. 1. As we round the final corner, we asked Pension Benefits Specialists in our contact centre what questions have been coming in regarding the new rules.

Here are three of the most common questions (and the answers).

1. Can I work in the same month I exceed the 50-day limit without affecting my Teachers' pension?

Yes. You can work to the end of the month in which you exceed the 50-day limit without any interruption to your Teachers' pension. For example, if you exceed the limit on April 21, you can work to the end of April without it affecting your pension. If you work after April 30, then you must notify us and we will suspend your pension.

2. I work part-time. How do I count my re-employment days?

If you are working less than full-time, count days in direct proportion to your contract percentage. For example, if you are on a 50% contract and work half-days, then two days would count as one day of re-employment.

If you are working on an hourly basis, ask your employer what would constitute a normal working day for someone in that position. A day to us is anywhere between 5.5 hours and 9 hours of work -- no more and no less.

So, let's say your employer tells you a normal working day would be 4 hours. And you then work a total of 44 hours. , You would need to divide 44 by our minimum of 5.5 to determine how many days you have worked towards the 50-day re-employment limit. In this situation, it would be 8 days (44 / 5.5 = 8)

3. Is the limit 50 days in a calendar year, or a school year?

Re-employment days are counted on a school-year basis. In most cases, this means that the calendar is re-set on Sept. 1, not Jan. 1. Some school years include a few days in August to allow teachers to prep for the upcoming year

Do the rules apply?

Do you have questions about whether or not the re-employment rules apply to the service you're providing? Our 'Navigating the New Re-employment Rules' infographic is designed to help you determine just that. If you still have questions about whether or not the rules apply to you, do not hesitate to contact us