Credit for sick leave


Q. It is my understanding that unused sick leave after Jan. 1, 2014, is credited at 100 percent to the employee at retirement. Is it just added to the total annuity, or is it a lump-sum payout like unused annual leave?

A. Unused sick leave has no cash value. Instead those hours are added to any actual service hours that weren’t used in the initial computation of an annuity. For every combination of hours that adds up to 174, an additional month will be added to the actual service time and increase the amount of the final 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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