Last salary check


Q. I took the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority, and my retirement date is Feb. 28. I’m due a lump-sum payment for my unused annual leave. I was told in a letter I would get this in my last salary check. I just got paid on the 15th. So what date is considered my last salary check since my first annuity check is March 1?

A. Since salary checks are payments for the preceding two weeks of work, the one you just received would be for that final pay period. While lump-sum payments for unused annual leave are often included in the final paycheck, sometimes they aren’t. You’ll have to check with your agency’s payroll office to find out when to expect that payment.


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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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