Sick leave


Q. If an employee has sick leave to use or loose before retirement and has a medical appointment, can his or her supervisor disapprove the sick leave for a doctor’s appointment?

A. According to OPM:
An employee is entitled to use sick leave when he or she:
• receives medical, dental or optical examination or treatment;
• is incapacitated for the performance of duties by physical or mental illness, injury, pregnancy or childbirth; or
• would, as determined by the health authorities having jurisdiction or by a health care provider, jeopardize the health of others by his or her presence on the job because of exposure to a communicable disease.
There is no limitation on the amount of accrued or accumulated sick leave that an employee can use for his or her own personal medical needs.


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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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