Annual leave balance carry over while on OWCP


Q: Due to a workplace injury I sustained in 2009, I have been receiving FECA pay and benefits from OWCP. In 2009 I had a total of 280 annual leave hours. However, NFC now reflects that I have a total of 240 hours. I don’t think I should be penalized for losing 40 hours of leave since I have been out on workers’ compensation.

A: Sorry, but it’s the law. Your maximum annual leave carryover from one year to the next is 240 hours.


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