Leave without pay and retirement eligibility


Q. Processing an individual for immediate retirement with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2013, but realized she was ineligible because she’s not 62 with five years of credible service. So we need to do leave without pay on her to get her past her 62nd birthday. She stopped working Dec. 31. What date do we make the leave without pay date effective? What should the end date be so that she can retire April 1, 2013?

A. According to the Office of Personnel Management, “If the person stopped working on 12/31/12, then a cancellation of that action should happen which would eliminate it, and therefore, she never left. If management is willing to place her on LWOP, then that would happen effective 12/31/12 until he/she becomes age 62.”


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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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