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Q. After doing the conversion based on the chart, I will have 28 days of use-or-lose sick leave. If I want to take those days off while I’m still working, how many days is that in real time? I know the 28 days are not based on eight hours of leave, which is the normal work day.

A. You can find out how many days and leftover hours you have by dividing the 162 by eight. However, once you’ve done that, you need to know that you aren’t permitted to burn off that sick leave. It can only be used for legitimate purposes. You can find out what those are by going to https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/leave-administration/fact-sheets/sick-leave-general-information.

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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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