Department of Employee Trust Funds
December 14, 2012
Rehired WRS Annuitants Audit
The Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) has released its report on a
planned audit of the practice of Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS)
employers hiring retired WRS members (“rehired annuitants”).
Among its findings:
- Most WRS annuitants employed by state agencies worked part-time
for less than a year and were paid either the same hourly wage
or a lower hourly than they had been paid before retiring.
- Local governments and school districts reported re-hiring annuitants
for their skills and experience, and in most cases their hourly
wages were lower than at the time of retirement.
- State laws allow individuals with good-faith terminations from
employment to receive WRS annuities and return to work for employers
participating in the WRS.
The audit report, which includes ETF’s response letter,
provides valuable information about rehired annuitants and offers
a range of possible changes to policy and processes for rehiring
annuitants. Review the audit
summary and/or the