Sick leave


Q. I am a Civil Service Retirement System employee who will soon have enough service to retire at 80 percent of my high-3 salary, not including sick leave. I will have in excess of 2,080 hours of sick leave at the time of retirement. Can I receive an additional 2 percent above the 80 percent for the unused sick leave?

A. Yes. When your annuity is calculated, any leftover hours of actual service will be combined with any unused sick-leave hours and used to increase your annuity above the 80 percent limit. To increase your annuity by 2 percent, that total number of hours would need to be 2,087. Any hours that don’t add up to a full month — approximately 174 hours — would be discarded.


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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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