Reservists and leave time


Q: Just wondering what happened to the lawsuit about reservists having to take military leave days on their days off. I was a reservist from 1991 to 2007. I don’t think it really affected me more than 2-3 years, but I’m still interested.

A: You are referring to the 2003 opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. It held that agencies should have allowed 15 workdays of military leave for reserve training each year instead of 15 calendar days, which was the practice before the law was amended on Dec. 21, 2000, to allow reservists to take hourly leave in hourly increments. As a result of this decision, some employees may have mistakenly been required to take annual leave or leave without pay to complete their reserve training assignment. Claims for improperly charged leave or LWOP can go back as far as Sept. 30, 1980. If you think you have grounds for filing a claim, you should get in touch with your personnel office to find out the procedures for filing a claim and the time limits for doing so.


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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

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