Browsing: Sick leave

Q. I am planning to retire on January 3, 2016, and estimate that I will have approximately 522 hours of sick leave at the time. I would like to know if I can use up my sick leave for that same number of hours? In other words, can I go on a leave status in October? I have 36 years of service and will be 55 in December. Am I correct that you can’t get paid for unused sick leave?

Q. I am new to federal civilian service as of July 2014. Prior active-duty military service increased my annual leave accrual to 6 hours per pay period. My first day of work was in the middle of the 2-week pay period. My first Leave and Earnings Statement properly reflected 40 hours of pay. In working 40 hours (i.e., half of the regular 80-hour pay period) I expected to accrue 3 hours for annual leave and 2 hours for sick leave (i.e., one-half of the hours for each leave category). Instead, I did not accrue leave of any kind for my…

Q. As a FERS employee, how many hours of sick leave is considered to be equal to a month that can be credited to your longevity computation for retirement? I believe it is 174 hours. A. What you said is basically true, but only after you have met the age and service requirements to retire. Then any days of actual service that don’t add up to a full month are converted to hours and combined with any unused hours of sick leave. If there are enough of those hours, they’ll be used to create additional months and included in your…

Q. If I retire under the MRA +10 FERS category, and postpone receiving my annuity until age 60, what will happen to my unused sick leave? I will be 57 and plan to wait three years until I’m 60 to avoid the penalty. Someone told me to use it all since I’m not retiring on an immediate annuity and I do not get any credit. A. Sick leave is never used in the computation of a deferred annuity. However, you have no right to burn off your sick leave just because it will be lost. Sick leave can only be…

Q. I am under the FERS retirement system. I am currently on sick leave and during this time have met my 30 years in service and minimum retirement age. Can I retire on an immediate annuity while on sick leave, and am I eligible for the special retirement supplement? I have proper medical documentation.

Q. I am a recently retired federal employee, MRA + 10 years. When I left I had 600 hours of sick leave remaining. If I were to return to a federal job, how soon would I have to return in order to get back that sick leave?

There’s a lot of confusion about what happens to your unused sick leave when you retire. In short, the more sick leave you have, the bigger your annuity will be. But before I get into how much bigger and how that’s done, I want to share a little history with you. Once upon a time, Civil Service Retirement System employees didn’t get any credit for their unused sick leave when they retired. When the Congress discovered that employees nearing retirement were burning off that leave at bonfire levels, the law was changed so that they could. However, when Federal Employees…

Q. I plan to retire in 2016 with 22 years of service. I will be 63 in May of 2016. I have 1,200 hours of sick leave. How would that affect my retirement? I have three years with a non-approved fund. I received a business basic separation because of base closure. I accepted a job with DOD within a day after my separation, but I could not start until the beginning of the pay period. Would I be able to count that time for retirement? A. At retirement, any hours of actual service that don’t add up to one month…

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