General Laws of Massachusetts

Working in the Public Sector

The retirement laws limit the earnings of all retired public employees who work in the public sector after retirement The “public sector” is broadly defined as the Commonwealth and all political subdivisions, including cities, towns, authorities, and districts. This law is contained in General Laws Chapter 32, section 91

Working in the Private Sector

A non-disability retiree can earn unlimited salary in the private sector with no impact upon the retiree’s public employmee retirement allowance. A disability retiree, however, is limited to earning the difference between the current salary for the retiree’s former position, minues the current retirement allowance, plus $5,000. General Laws Chapter 32, section 91A