Unused sick leave


Q: I work for the DHS/ICE. I will retire in September of 2015 at 60 with about 22 years of service. I am covered under FERS. I hear two answers about what happens to unused sick time. One answer is that I will receive a lump sum for the unused sick time, the other is that it will be credited toward my time in service. Which is true?

A: Sick leave has no cash value. It may only be added to your actual service after you meet the age and service requirements to retire.


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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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