Workers' comp after retirement


Q. I am a law enforcement officer who has been out on workers’ compensation since June 2011. My scheduled retirement date is in July with 20 years of service at age 55. I’m being paid partial disability at this time. Since I haven’t been on the job since 2011, did annual and sick leave still accrue? What happens with workers’ comp after retirement?

A. To receive compensation, you have to be on leave without pay.

When you are in LWOP, you don’t accrue annual or sick leave. When you retire, your compensation payments will stop. You can’t receive both.

FYI: If you want to get credit for the time you were receiving compensation in your annuity compensation, you’ll have to return to work for your agency before you retire.


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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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