Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Sick leave

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Q. Can I be terminated and denied my retirement if I decide to use all of my sick time (400+ hours) while waiting for my retirement package to go through? A very stressful situation arose before a day off and I do not wish to return to work at the Postal Service. I am under FERS. I have 10 years with the Postal Service in Cleveland as an electronic tech and 7½ years of credited military service.

A. You can only take sick leave if you meet the requirements to do so. If you were to try to take sick leave without meeting those requirements, you could be declared AWOL and separated from the service. However, even if you were, you would still be eligible to apply for a deferred annuity at age 62.


  1. Pat M Says:
    August 7th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    If this person has already applied for retirement and is eligible, I wouldn’t think the agency could institute a removal action against him, or at least be successful with it. If I were him, I would contact HR and request to change the date of my retirement to the next few days from now. That way he won’t have to contend with the sick leave issue long-term. Once the date he has selected to retire is past, he doesn’t have to deal with the Agency anymore.