RIF and retirement


Q: If I am of retirement-eligible age, and there is a reduction in force, can I ‘bump and retreat’, or can I be forced to take retirement?

A: You cannot be forced to retire. The RIF rules will apply to you just as they do any other employee. FYI: If it turned out that the RIF would result in your separation, you would have the choice of voluntary or involuntary retirement.


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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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