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I’m a retired public employee. How can I assist the State with the COVID-19 emergency?

Last Updated: 08/04/2020

To further strengthen the ability of New Jersey's public workforce to respond to COVID-19, Governor Murphy signed an executive order allowing retirees to return to State and local government employment to help the State throughout this emergency.

Under the Executive Order, retirees may return to State and local government employment without impacting their retirement pensions and removes restrictions on law enforcement's ability to temporarily supplement their ranks.

Furthermore, under an additional Executive Order, any public employee eligible for enrollment into the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) may immediately enroll upon hire, rather than waiting two months. The order will last for the duration of the emergency and applies to any public employee eligible for enrollment into the SHBP who is hired on or after March 9, 2020.

Retirees may return to public employment in any capacity, including full-time, part-time or as SLEOs, provided:

  • The retiree has retired before the date of the executive order;
  • The retiree has completed at least a 30-day separation from their employment, dating from the date of retirement or the date of board approval, whichever is later; and
  • The retiree's return to employment is necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, see Executive Order No. 115

Source: Executive Order No. 115; Executive Order No. 172