Q. I’ve read your articles on length of service and noticed that you did not address WAE (When Actually Employed) service. Is it treated differently from full-time service?
A. Yes it is. For length of service purposes, both WAE and intermittent service are counted as the number of hours you actually worked. Therefore, if during a year you only worked nine months as a WAE or intermittent employee, you would only receive service credit for the nine months you actually worked.
This is different from how part-time service is calculated. If you worked a part-time schedule for a year, you would be given a full year of service credit. However, when calculating you annuity, the amount you receive would be prorated by a factor derived by dividing the hours you actually worked by the hours you could have worked if you had a full-time schedule.