Gwinnett to limit double dipping

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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Gwinnett County is set to put limits on a practice often called "double dipping.'

Such a practice allows employees to retire and receive a pension plus returning to work to earn a paycheck.

According to county human resources records, in 2008, those employees earned $1.2 million in county pay and already this year they have made $800,000.

Gwinnett’s policy is scheduled to go into effect in mid-August. It would limit retired employees to 1,040 hours of work a year half that of full-time employees. Pension payments would stop the remainder of the year for those who exceed the hour limit.

Records show 39 retired employees were rehired for work in some capacity last year. The same number have received paychecks this year.

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