Sick leave abuse


Q. I would not want to give back a year’s worth of pay, 200 hours more worth of annual leave and another 100 hours of sick leave. Take a look around — how many managers do you see giving back? They are by far the worst offenders when it comes to abuse of sick leave. The term hypocrite doesn’t even come close to describing what they practice.

A. Your condemnation of the unethical behavior of others is admirable. So much so that I wonder why you want to emulate it. The laissez faire attitude that allows this abuse of the system to happen may come back to haunt agencies when the new administration takes office.


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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


    • It was in response to an employee who was planning to burn off his sick leave because it would be more valuable that way than having it used in the computation of his annuity.

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