Q. I will have been with the IRS for 20 years on September 30, 2019, and I plan to retire Feb. 23, 2020. I have taken leave without pay (LWOP) several times for medical reasons throughout my career. How does LWOP affect my retirement date?
A. An employee may take up to six months of leave without pay in a calendar year without it affecting either his/her length of service or High-3. Any leave that exceeds six months isn’t creditable for any purpose. For more information, go to www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/leave-administration/fact-sheets/leave-without-pay.