The following may affect your future retirement benefits if you are a disability annuitant:
- If you are under age 60 and are reemployed on a permanent basis in a position equivalent in grade and pay to the position from which you retired, OPM will find that you have recovered from your disability and will stop your disability payments. If you are reemployed in a position that is not equivalent to the one you held at retirement, your annuity will continue and your salary will be offset by the amount of your annuity for the period of reemployment. You will be subject to the 80 percent earnings limit. You reach the limit if in any calendar year your income from wages and self-employment is at least 80 percent of the current rate of basic pay for the position from which you retired.
- If you are reemployed subject to medical and physical qualification standards equivalent to those of the position from which you retired, OPM may find that you have recovered from your disability.
- The pay of the position in which you are reemployed, before the reduction for the amount of your annuity, will be included as earnings in determining whether you are restored to earning capacity and your annuity must stop.
- Receipt of, or continued entitlement to receive, full or partial injury compensation benefits from OWCP during reemployment, when those benefits are based on the same injury or medical condition that is the basis for OPM’s award of disability retirement, is conclusive evidence (unless there is contravening medical evidence) that you have not recovered from your disability.
- If you are age 60 or over when reemployed, your annuity cannot be stopped because of your earnings, and OPM can find that you are recovered only if you request to be found recovered. Your annuity payments will continue and your salary will be reduced by the amount of your annuity. There is no limit on the amount of earnings you may receive and continue to draw the annuity.