Sick leave


Q. I’m getting ready to retire and have 2,285 hours of sick leave. Is it true that I lose anything over an exact month’s worth of leave? And how many hours equal a month or a year?

A. 2,087 hours of sick leave equals one year. On average, a month of sick leave is 174 hours. When you retire, any days of actual service that don’t equal a full month will be converted to hours and added to your sick leave hours. Assuming that your actual service exactly equaled x years and y months, your 2,285 hours of sick leave would increase your actual service by one year and one month, with 24 hours left over. Those 24 hours, which don’t equal a full month, would be discarded.


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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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