Sick leave and credit toward retirement


Q. How can an employee use creditable sick leave toward retirement?

A. While sick leave can’t be used to make an employee eligible to retire, once he has meet the age and service requirements to retire, it will be added to his actual service and used in the computation of his annuity. Note: While retiring CSRS employees will receive full credit for any unused sick leave, FERS employees will receive only half credit if they retire before Jan. 1, 2014.


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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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