FERS unused sick leave


Q. As you know, as of the first of next year, FERS people get 100 percent of their unused sick leave, putting us on same footing as CSRS. Problem is, we’re not CSRS, so we don’t know how they get that. We hear it’s tacked on to end of service, but then we hear retirement date is retirement date, not that plus unused sick leave. So, do we get a lump sum or just keep getting paid for that time as if we were still here?

A. Like CSRS employees, after a FERS employee has have met the age and service requirements to retire, his sick leave will be added to his actual service and used in the computation of his 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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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