More than half of the 447 people UW-Madison rehired after they retired have been on the job for more than one year, the limit set by the university under a new policy last month, according to a State Journal analysis of data provided by the school.
Thirty-eight of them have been working for more than a decade as rehired annuitants, which means they earn both a paycheck and a pension.
A handful stayed more than 15 years, and one technician has worked for the last 21 years at 60 percent of full-time, earning $34,975 a year in salary alone, the analysis found.
The new UW-Madison policy states hiring of retired employees is intended for short-term needs only, and the amount of time should be limited to a year, except in special cases. The university is reviewing the employment of each rehired annuitant, except for those under a set contract.
As the state grapples with what to do with retired employees who earn both a salary and a pension
, universities are in a unique position.
They sometimes rely on retired faculty with hard-to-replace skills and experience to teach classes or conduct research. Some employees are paid by private or federally funded grants that extend beyond their retirement.