Postal Service annual leave forfeit date


Q. I have been told that the USPS bargaining employees must reduce their annual leave to 440 hours by Dec. 31, 2011. But I’ve read Jan. 13, 2012 is the date. Do you know what date is correct?

A. While for most employees, the 2011 leave year ends Dec. 31, for Postal Service employees it ends on January 13, 2012. Therefore, as a Postal Service bargaining unit employee, you’ll have to reduce your annual leave balance to 440 by January 13 or lose the excess.




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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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