Sick leave


Q. How is unused sick leave calculated into the annuity?

A. When you meet the age and service requirements to retire, your annuity will be based on your years and full months of service. Any leftover days of actual service will be added to your sick leave balance and used to increase the amount of your annuity. Your leftover days and unused sick leave hours will be combined and converted to retirement annuity months. On average, a retirement month is 174 hours long and a year is 2,087 hours.


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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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