Leave without pay, retirement and buyback


Q. How does having slightly more than 600 hours of leave without pay for medical problems affect the calculation for qualified years for retirement? Is that time subtracted? Can any of it be paid back?

A. LWOP that doesn’t exceed six months in one calendar year would not affect your years of service. Any LWOP that exceeded six months would, and no provision in law would allow a deposit to be made to get credit for that time.


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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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