Executive Order 2020-265 reemployment after retirement during COVID 19 state of emergency

ERCE Newsletter

To Whom It May Concern,

On March 31, 2020, Governor Andy Beshear issued Executive Order 2020-265 suspending statutes and regulations restricting participating employers from reemploying retired members in the specific positions identified in the order. Please note the order only applies to members who were retired as of the March 31, 2020 Order. Thus, a member must have an effective retirement date of March 1, 2020, or before at KRS in order to be subject to the Executive Order.

NOTE: All positions other than those addressed in the Executive Order must continue to adhere to current laws and regulations as outlined below.  

This Order will be in effect for the duration of the State of Emergency, or until this Executive Order is rescinded by further order or by operation of law. The Order is limited to only the following positions:

  • State, county and city law enforcement officers;
  • State, county and city emergency medical service personnel;
  • State, local and city firefighters, including volunteer firefighters;
  • Kentucky Department of Parks park rangers; and
  • Kentucky Department of Corrections officers

Please go to the link https://kyret.ky.gov/Employers/Training/Pages/Reemployment.aspx for specific details of the Governor’s Executive Order.

In recognition that many employers participating in Kentucky Retirement Systems provide essential services to communities around the Commonwealth, Kentucky Retirement Systems requests that you contact your Employer Reporting representative at 1-888-696-8810 for inquiries concerning the hiring of recent retirees in first responder and other positions essential to the employer’s planning and response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency.