Taking annual leave prior to retirement


Q. I am planning to retire soon, and I want to take most of my leave before I retire. I would take six weeks of leave and come back for one day of work to sign out and turn in my computer, etc. So technically my annual leave will not be “terminal leave.” Is this legal, or is there some minimum time I must be back for work after taking all my leave?

A. This may fall under the “If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck” test of logic. Even though you have your supervisor’s approval, you should check with your agency’s general counsel before embarking.


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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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