FERS unused sick leave credit


Q: The new Defense Authorization Act gives full credit to Federal Employes Retirement System employees for their unused sick leave if they retire after Jan. 1, 2014. I know that the new law also allows FERS employees to get credit for half of the unused sick leave if an employee chooses to retire before Jan. 1, 2014. But what happens if you will reach your mandatory retirement age under the 6-C law enforcement coverage before 2014? Your assistance is appreciated.

A: Without exception, any FERS employee who retires voluntarily or involuntarily before Jan. 1, 2014, will only get credit for one-half of his unused sick leave.

— Reg Jones


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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