Unused sick leave


Q. What is the limit of unused sick leave that can be accredited toward a CSRS employee’s annuity? It is widely agreed at 2087. However, I can’t find any documentation. If I have over 3,000 hours, what happens to the rest? Does it boost survivor benefits if the annuitant passes away?

A. What is “widely agreed” is pure nonsense. There is no limit to the amount of sick leave that can be credited to a CSRS retiree’s account. The mistake in thinking that 2,087 is the maximum number is simply a byproduct of the fact that most sick leave conversion charts stop at one year. If you have more than a year’s worth of sick leave, just go back to the top of the chart and continue toting up the additional months until your sick leave runs out.


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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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