Cashing out unused sick leave


Q. Hi, I’m a former student employee with the Department of Defense. The student program I was in was cut, and my annual leave was cashed out. My boss told me that she would put me on sick leave to use up my hours, but I still have a balance. How can I get these hours cashed out?

A. You can’t. Unused sick leave has no cash value.


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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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