Hiring Retired SUNY Employees

Effective Date:

March 15, 2013



Policy Review Date:

To be reviewed every 3 years from effective date

Issuing Authority:

Research Foundation President

Policy Owner:

Vice President for Human Resources

Contact Information:



Reason for Policy

The policy establishes circumstances under which retired State University of New York (SUNY) employees may be hired by the Research Foundation (RF). SUNY has set guidelines, based on the requirements in section 150 of the Civil Service Law of New York State (NYS), for the re-employment of retired SUNY employees under 65 years old who receive pension benefits from New York State. The SUNY guidelines do not apply to the Research Foundation but provide a context for this policy. This policy is designed to allow the RF to hire retired SUNY employees when required and justified to meet critical RF business operational needs.

Statement of Policy

This policy applies to SUNY retirees hired by the RF after the effective date of the policy.

All RF employment must be approved according to Research Foundation policies and procedures, comply with RF position titles and standards, and comply with applicable federal and state laws and regulations.


A retired SUNY employee may be employed by the RF if the following conditions have been met:


The following must be documented in support of the RF employment of a retired SUNY employee:


The following table outlines the responsibilities for compliance with this Policy:

Responsible Party


RF Operations Manager or designee

Implementing and complying with this policy.

Sr. Director of Human Resources or designee

Developing and maintaining this policy.


SUNY Employee: An employee of the State University of New York within the State University of New York System, not including community colleges

Retiree or retired SUNY employee: As defined per the SUNY guidelines, a person who is receiving a service retirement from Employees Retirement System (ERS), Teachers Retirement System (TRS). A member of the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) who separated from service at normal retirement age (55, or 50 in an incentive program) or older and has 10 years of service will be considered a retiree if they have received a retirement incentive or have begun to withdraw funds from their pension, either through annualization or cash withdrawal.

Related Information

Guidance on Hiring Retired SUNY Employees

New Employee Process

Salary Rules and Policies for Regular Employees



Change History


Summary of Change

January 15, 2013

New Policy



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