Retiring at the end of a pay period


Q. If one has a Monday through Friday normal tour of duty, and retires on the Friday preceding the Saturday end of the pay period, does one get full credit for annual and sick leave for that last pay period worked? Or should one retire on the end of the pay period? In 2021, the end of the leave year is Saturday, Jan. 1 (based upon extrapolation of the Office of Personnel Management’s schedule of leave year ending dates), and in 2022, the end of the leave year is Saturday, Dec. 31.

A. You are only required to complete your tour of duty — normally 80 hours — to earn sick and annual leave for a pay period. Therefore, you could retire at the end of business on a Friday and get credit for any leave you earned during that pay period.


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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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