Selling back annual leave


Q: I am a letter carrier in the U.S. Postal Service. How much annual leave can I “sell” back at retirement?

A: Because you are a bargaining unit employee, you can only receive a lump-sum payment for any unused annual leave that does not exceed the carryover limit for your bargaining unit. As a rule, that limit is 440 hours.


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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

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