Leave without pay


Q. Under the Family Medical Leave Act, an employee can be granted up to 12 weeks or 480 hours of leave without pay. I understand that LWOP of up to six months counts as creditable service for the service computation date. Anything over six months requires an adjustment. Is there a maximum number of hours that constitutes six months under the FMLA?

If you take LWOP several days a pay period, and not consecutively, how do you determine the LWOP time?

A. For the full story on LWOP and its affect on benefits, go to www.opm.gov/oca/leave/html/LWOP_eff.asp.


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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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