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Q. I resigned from the U.S. Postal Service 2.5 years ago. At the time I had over 2,500 hours of unused sick leave. My problem with the Post Office was that from day one we were told to bank your sick leave, which I did. I think it is very unfair not to benefit from saving all of those hours, which would have given me an extra boost to my retirement when I apply for it.

A. Employees who retire on an immediate annuity will have any hours of unused sick leave included when calculating their annuity. Employees who resign and later apply for a deferred annuity won’t. If you were to go back to work for the government, those sick leave hours would be restored and, when you were eligible to retire, be used in the computation of your 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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