Federal Sick Leave and Annual Leave

By July 31, 2018Benefits, Retirement

Sick Leave and Annual Leave in Retirement

Sick leave is one of the most valuable benefits provided to federal employees. Here’s why:

Earning leave

Sick leave is earned at a constant rate — 4 hours per each biweekly pay period for all full-time employees — no matter how long you work for federal government. (Part-time employees earn 1 hour for each 20 hours in a pay status.)

Accumulating leave

Unlike annual leave, there are no limits on the amount of sick leave you may accumulate. Accumulating it early in a career is especially important because the federal government has no short-term disability program.

Using sick leave

Sick leave may be used for a wide variety of purposes. First, for your own medical needs, including being incapacitated for the performance of your duties because of physical or mental illness, injury, pregnancy or childbirth.

Second, it may be used for family care or bereavement purposes. It may also be used to make arrangements required by the death of a family member or to attend the funeral of a family member.

Finally, your agency may advance you up to 30 days of sick leave for adoption-related purposes.

Advanced sick leave

If you have a medical emergency or are engaged in the adoption of a child and don’t have enough sick leave to cover the situation, your agency — in its discretion — may advance you a maximum of 30 days. A maximum of five days may be advanced for family care or bereavement purposes.

Donated leave

If you have exhausted all of your sick and annual leave, employees can donate annual leave directly to you without limit However, any unused donated annual leave must be returned to the leave donor(s) when the medical emergency ends.

Sick leave and retirement

Annual leave and retirement
When you retire, your remaining annual leave will be paid out to you, but be aware of what your limits are with your position. You may lose some of these excess hours.
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