Taking leave on retirement date


Q. My official retirement date is Dec. 28. I need to take leave on Dec. 27 (Friday). If I complete the station clearance process on Thursday, is there a rule/reg that would prohibit me from taking leave (sick leave, annual leave or compensatory time) on my last scheduled work day before retirement?

A. There is nothing in law or regulation that would require you to be at work on your last day before retirement. However, you would need supervisory approval to take annual leave or use compensatory time off or a legitimate reason for taking sick leave.


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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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