Using sick leave

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Q. Doesn’t it make sense once you hit your retirement date to use your sick leave instead of applying it to your retirement? You get paid your full salary while off, get credit for the time and time applies to the FERS annuity supplement.

A. While it might make sense, you have no right to burn off your sick leave. It may only be used for legitimate reasons spelled out in law and regulation.

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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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