By Reg Jones
Q. Can unused sick leave be added to actual service time to meet the 30-year threshold to be eligible for the special retirement supplement at my minimum retirement age?
Q. If I resign from the federal government, what happens to my sick leave?
Q. I have scheduled my use-or-lose leave and have been approved. If I am not able to use it at the time it is scheduled, will I be able to use it in January after the cut off time to use your use-or-lose?
Q. I am 55. I wish to stop working for the government in three years, when I will be 58. I will have 26 years under FERS. I have approximately 2,000 hours of sick leave. Can I defer my retirement and submit for retirement at age 60? Would I lose my sick time, or would it be credited?
Q. I am a FERS employee. I am 57 with 26 years of service.
1. Do I get annuity computation for sick leave? If so, how is it computed?
2. I was born in 1956. What is my minimum retirement age, and how much service should I have under the MRA?
3. What happens with my annual and sick leave when I retire?
4. When should I start preparing my paperwork for my retirement?
5. My agency is going through a reorganization. We have the options for early retirement, buyout, being reassigned to New York or Boston (I live in D.C.), or leave the agency. Would the above actions make me eligible for the discontinued service retirement? Would I be penalized for every year I’m under 62?
Q. My planned retirement date is Jan. 11. Will I forfeit my use-or-lose leave?
Q. I am looking at retiring in September 2014 at age 57 years and five months. I will have 34 years in FERS and a little less than a year of sick leave to convert. I have $359,000 in my Thrift Savings Plan account. I am single, never married. What are my best options? I am located in an isolated area and am unable to attend any retirement seminars, especially now with the budget issues.
Q. I will have 448 hours of annual leave accrued when I plan to retire on Jan. 3. By retiring after Jan. 1, will I lose 208 hours and not be paid for it? If so, would Dec. 31 be a better bet?
Q. I have 174 hours of sick leave. I’m 62 under FERS. Should I retire Dec. 29, where I’d only get half of my unused sick time to add to my annuity but get the 1 percent cost-of-living adjustment in January? Or should I retire Jan. 3, 2014?
Q. My official retirement date is Dec. 28. I need to take leave on Dec. 27 (Friday). If I complete the station clearance process on Thursday, is there a rule/reg that would prohibit me from taking leave (sick leave, annual leave or compensatory time) on my last scheduled work day before retirement?
Q. I am nearing 20 years of service and am over 56 years old. As of March 6, 2014, I will have 20 years of federal service and, as of March 31, a total of 20 years, five months and 16 days counting all of my creditable sick leave.
To apply for Voluntary Early Retirement Authority/Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay, do I first have to be retirement eligible? Am I able to adjust my retirement date and still keep 20 years service by applying unused sick days, or are they only attached to the end of my total federal service time?
Q. I am eligible for FERS retirement on Jan. 17, 2015. For financial reasons, assuming the special retirement supplement is not canceled before then, I need to not use any annual leave for all of 2014, and then cash out my 448 hours (240 saved and the 208 for FY14) at my hourly rate for an approximate $20,000 needed to pay off my mortgage. My problem is, with the 2014 leave year ending Jan. 10 or 12, 2015, I may conceivable lose the 208 hours of unused 2014 annual leave. Is there any way I can plan and execute my desire to save up my 2014 annual leave to use my 240 use/lose plus the 208 2014 hours to meet my financial goals?
Does it change anything when considering both my mom and mother-in-law who reside in another state 1,500 miles away are in bad health (i.e. bona fide family need) in the request for waiver or any such option?
November 26th, 2013 | LEAVE
Q. I’m a Forest Service officer assigned in D.C. searching for guidelines as to whether I could take leave without pay or a leave of absence from my current position to be with my children.
Is there a maximum on number of days/months/years I could request from my position? If yes, where can I find more specifics, and what will be the implications? I’ve been told that I could take up to a five-year leave of absence from the government but cannot find any information on how to proceed.
Q. I have a friend who has been at GS-09/Step 10 for over 10 years and she has been on base for 45 years with approximately 715 hours of sick leave, which would equate to approximately four months. Once you reach the 80 percent (41 years and 11 months), how does the extra four months add in to your annuity, if you retire? For example, would four months give you, say, approximately an additional $50 or $75 on your retirement check if you retire, or how exactly does that formula work?
Q. I am 58 years old and under CSRS, have 27 years with 1,200 hours of sick leave and 350 hours of annual leave. I want to retire under the Early Volunteer Special Option. I understand that I have to retire on or before Dec. 31 to qualify for this special option. I want to maximize my annual leave lump sum.
Q. I have been drawing workers’ compensation for seven years. Several years back, my wife sold some pups and I failed to turn it in as income. I entered a plea to three felonies. I was told by my court-appointed attorney that my supervisor position for the Postal Service should be made available for my return to work where the previous injury occurred. Is this the case? How should I approach my former employer about my job?
Q. I have been receiving workers’ compensation since 1977 as a partially permanently disabled person. Four years ago, I started getting Social Security disability, so the two combined is still not much. The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs sent me a letter that my workers’ comp check may be reduced because I am turning 62. I only get $400 from them and my SSD amount is not changing, as it is just going to be called Social Security now instead of SSD. Same amount of stipend, so why are they taking away what little bit I get? Nothing has changed except my age.
Q. I will be retiring on Jan. 3 with 41 years and two days of creditable service under CSRS. In addition, I have 3,519 hours (approximately 20 months) of unused sick leave. I am under the belief that my unused sick leave would be added to my years of service which would allow me to receive 80 percent of my high-3 years of salary. Would this be an accurate statement?
My employee and labor relations department is telling me that I would only receive 78 percent of my high-3 because I needed 41 years and 11 months of actual service to receive 80 percent. If my unused sick leave is added to my years of service, what happens to my unused sick leave (approximately nine months) after I reach 41 years and 11 months?
Q. I am an employee under FERS. How will my approximately 700 hours of unused sick leave count toward my total service when I retire in 2014? My service computation date is March 3, 1994, and I will be 62 years old when I plan to retire in March. If I retire Jan. 10, will my 700 hours of unused sick hours count toward my desired target of 20+ years of service, or must I wait until March 3 to hit the 20-year threshold?
Q. I am a FERS employee and plan on retiring March 31, 2014. Can you provide any guidance on whether this would be a good date to retire, or do you advise earlier in the year?