Browsing: Leave without pay

Q. I am a dual status employee working for the Air National Guard in SC. If I am nonretained in the military, I know I will lose my full-time job. Knowing this will happen, after the nonretained military paperwork is submitted, can I take leave without pay and start another job in the private workforce? Basically, I want to secure a job before my last day on the full-time side (after the nonretained paperwork has been approved). When can this be done? I was told it may take “awhile” for the paperwork to come back from the full time side…

Q. I have worked for the USPS for a little more than 25 years and am under FERS. I have accumulated 2903 hours of LWOP over this period (having two babies and caring for elderly parents). I never used more than six months in any one year. Will I have to make this time up on the end (approximately 1½ years)? Will it affect my retirement computation date? A. Up to six months of LWOP in a calendar year is considered creditable service. As a result, your retirement computation date won’t be affected.

Q. Would you please explain the differences between using leave without pay and leave without pay-uniformed services and how it impacts someone at retirement? Am I automatically placed on LWOP-US when activated for Reserve training (title 32), or can I request LWOP and not have to make a deposit? I have been making deposits for a lot of LWOP-US over my career and would hate to find out I didn’t have to make those payments for stints less than six months. A. No, you don’t have a choice. When called to active duty, you are automatically placed on LWOP-US unless…

Q. I am a GS employee that is also a member of the Air Guard. I will be leaving on leave without pay to go through military training for roughly five to six months. How will this affect my FERS retirement and my Thrift Savings Plan contributions? Do I have to buy back my military retirement to obtain my FERS retirement contributions during my LWOP? A. Reg Jones: You will be on LWOP-US. Therefore, you will have to make a deposit to the retirement system to get credit for that period of active-duty service. Mike Miles: You may not contribute…

Q. The high-3 method for computing an annuity under FERS requires computing the three consecutive highest-earning years for computing the annuity payments. What effect does Leave Without Pay have on this? In other words, if you had four months of LWOP during one of the high-3 years, is the base pay used in the computation or are the actual earnings (accounting for the LWOP) used? A. As long as you don’t exceed six months of LWOP in a calendar year, your high-3 will be calculated on your base pay, not on the pay you actually received.

Q. This question concerns the computation for an annuity under FERS. The high-3 method requires computing the three consecutive highest-earning years for computing the annuity payments. What effect does leave without pay (LWOP) have on that method? If you had four months of leave without pay during one of the high-3 years, is the base pay used in the computation or are the actual earnings (accounting for the leave) used in the computation? A. Because you had fewer than six months of leave without pay, your base pay will be used, not your actual earnings.

Q. I’m a fed with 25 years of service. I’m 53 years old. Unfortunately, I’m having a lot of health issues. While I may be able to qualify for retirement disability, I prefer to try and hang on as long as I can in my job. Fortunately, I have a sympathetic employer that has allowed me to be off of work. I’ve lost all of my 2,000 hours of leave. If I take leave without pay or use the Family Leave Act, is there a minimum number of hours I must work to earn a year of service? If there…

Q. I am part of CSRS. I was hired into federal service in 1979. In 1982, I was injured on the job and on workers’ compensation for seven years. A few recent retirees have told me they were notified by the Office of Personnel Management of outstanding indebtedness going back over 25 years due to nonpayment of retirement money. When I retire, will I be required to pay OPM for those seven years of retirement money I did not pay into the system while I was on workers’ comp? Or is my retirement annuity based on what I paid into…

Q. I am on active duty under Title 10 for a 225-day involuntary recall deployment. I am also a 15-year federal employee. Upon coming into the federal position in 2003, I bought back my four years of active-duty time, which has been applied to my FERS position. I would now like to have the deployment days added onto my federal career. I am on leave without pay. However, I am receiving differential of pay. Would I be authorized to have the deployment time calculated to my federal position? I was also informed that I would receive no evaluation or SF-50…