Gov. Brownback to sign bill that rewrites retirement rules for public workers

Gov. Sam Brownback spoke Tuesday in Topeka for the annual Small Business Day forum.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Gov. Sam Brownback is expected to sign a bill that rewrites the rules for teachers, school administrators and other public employees who return to work after retiring.

Public employees currently are allowed to retire but return to work and earn up to $20,000 a year while drawing their pension benefits. Schools regularly use the program for hard-to-fill positions.

The program expires at the end of June, but the bill would make changes to the program after extending it for a year.

The changes are designed to prevent workers and employers from setting up post-retirement jobs before a worker retires. Also, workers would be allowed to earn $25,000 in their post-retirement jobs.

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