FERS leave without pay and retirement computation date


Q. I have worked for the USPS for a little more than 25 years and am under FERS. I have accumulated 2903 hours of LWOP over this period (having two babies and caring for elderly parents). I never used more than six months in any one year. Will I have to make this time up on the end (approximately 1½ years)? Will it affect my retirement computation date?

A. Up to six months of LWOP in a calendar year is considered creditable service. As a result, your retirement computation date won’t be affected.


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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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