Sick leave credit


Q. Being a rehired annuitant who is receiving both his annuity and the full salary of his position, will I be paid out earned sick leave when I leave federal service?

A. Sick leave has no cash value. It is usually added to any actual service and — if there’s enough of it — used to increase a retiree’s annuity. However, because you were hired into a position where you received both your annuity and the full salary of your position, when you leave, you won’t get any credit for that period of rehired service. Instead, your salary will stop and your annuity will continue.


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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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