Q. Can the sick leave balance be used to push a retiring employee beyond the 20-year point? If the worker, older than 62, wants to retire on Feb. 1 but is five months short of 20 years and has 5½ months of sick leave, will the balance push the service beyond 20 years?
A. Employees who are age 62 or older and have at least 5 years of creditable service may retire at any time. As for the annuity they will receive, it will be based on their years and full months of service. Any leftover days will be added to their sick leave balance and used to increase the amount of their annuity. Note: Leftover days and unused sick leave are combined and converted to retirement annuity months. On average, a retirement month is 174 hours long.