Unused sick leave and retirement


Q. I’m an APWU employee (maintenance craft). In February 2015, I’ll have 30 years, and I’ll also have 5.8 months of unused sick leave.

Because of my sick leave, can I retire five months early?

A. No. Retirement eligibility is based solely on your actual service. Unused sick leave is only used in your annuity computation.


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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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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