Sick leave and retirement date


Q. I’m a FERS postal worker. My in-service date is Nov. 20, 1984, and my birthday is April 17, 1957. I have 2,080 hours of sick leave. Do I have to wait until Nov. 20, 2014, to retire and receive my Social Security supplement, or, on Jan. 1, 2014, will my sick leave count toward my service time?

A. Sick leave cannot be used to make you eligible to retire. It can be added only after you have met the age and service requirements. Then it will be included in the computation of your annuity.


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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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