Sick leave and the 80 percent limit


Q. I have 44 years of civilian service under CSRS and 2,400 hours of unused sick leave. Will the year of sick leave be added to my years of service and give me 82 percent annuity or just 80 percent annuity?

A. Sick leave isn’t subject to the 80 percent annuity limit, which applies to any retiree who has reached 41 years and 11 months of service. Your unused sick leave will be added to your actual service and used to increase the amount of your annuity. Therefore, your 2,400 hours would add one year and one month to your earned annuity and increase it by 2 and 1/6 percent. Note: Because you have actual service beyond 41 years and 11 months, you’ll be given the option of receiving a refund of your excess contributions, plus interest, or purchasing additional annuity which, like unused sick leave, isn’t subject to the 80 percent limit.


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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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