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How To Preserve a "Current Connection" When Leaving Railroad Industry Before Retirement Age?
(Posted November 14, 2003)
Question 333: I will be 57 in May. Either my health or a reduction in management positions probably will result in my leaving railroad employment before 60. How close to 60 must I work in order to keep my "Current Connection"?
Answer: The safest senario is to leave 18 months before you're 60 (when you're 58-1/2) after working for 12 consecutive calendar months. You probably could leave a few months earlier if you are careful about how much you earn in non-railroad work.
Please see Q&A 219 (click) for a complete discussion of "Current Connection" and how post railroad employment and earnings affect it.
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