Use-or-lose leave


Q. I’m planning to retire at the end of 2012. In addition to my annual use-or-lose leave, I have 105 hours of restored leave that expires in December 2013. Do I need to bring the combined total of my leave down to the maximum 240 carryover, or could I get paid for 240 hours in the annual unused leave plus the 105 restored leave?

A. As long as you retire before the end of the leave year, you’ll receive a lump-sum payment for all your unused annual leave.


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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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