Unused leave and compensatory leave


Q. I am planning to retire at the end of this year and may have both credit and compensatory leave balances at that time. Is my agency required to pay me for this unused leave, or is it optional?

A. While comp time will be paid at the overtime rate in effect when it was earned, credit hours have no cash value and will be liquidated when you retire.


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  1. This may vary from agency to agency. At our agency, credit hours up to 24 are paid out in a lump sum similar to annual leave lump sum. Travel comp time is never compensated, it just disappears. Regular comp time is compensated if the employee is non-exempt (FLSA), but if the employee is exempt, they are not compensated for the comp time.

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