Compensation for unused sick leave


Q. I am a FERS employee who retired Jan. 31. I know I will receive pay for half of my sick leave. When will I be paid?

A. You won’t receive a payment for half of your unused sick leave. That’s because it has no cash value. Instead, you will get credit for it in the computation of your annuity.


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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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