Q. I plan to retire on Dec. 31. I have 2,396 hours of sick leave and understand that any unused hours leave will be used to increase my annuity. I want to find out how many hours I can use before the end of the year without affecting the maximum number of hours that will be used to increase my annuity.
A. I can’t tell you how many hours you can use. What I can tell you is that annuities are based on all years and full months of service. Any days that exceed a full month will be added to your unused hours of sick leave and create additional months that will be used to increase your annuity. This is done by dividing the number of hours in a work year — 2,087 — by 360, which, to equalize monthly payments, is based on 12 30-day months. Therefore, for retirement purposes, a day equals 5.797+hours and a month is roughly 174 hours long.