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Sick Leave Conversion Chart

How To Use This Table

Find the number in the table closest to the number of hours of your unused sick leave. In the horizontal column you will find the number of months and in the vertical column the remaining number of days. For example: 441 hours equals 2 months and 16 days. If the number of hours falls between two figures shown on the table, use the next higher figure. There is no limit to the amount of sick leave that can be added to the earned service of an eligible employee. If the sick leave balance is greater than 2,087, subtract 2,087 from your balance and calculate the amount of time in addition to the one year of credit you will receive.

 

Table of Converting Unused Sick Leave Into Additional Service
Months 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Days  
0 0 174 348 522 696 870 1044 1217 1391 1565 1739 1913
1 6 180 354 528 702 875 1049 1223 1397 1571 1745 1919
2 12 186 360 533 707 881 1055 1229 1403 1577 1751 1925
3 17 191 365 539 713 887 1061 1235 1409 1583 1757 1931
4 23 197 371 545 719 893 1067 1241 1415 1589 1762 1936
5 29 203 377 551 725 899 1073 1246 1420 1594 1768 1942
6 35 209 383 557 731 904 1078 1252 1426 1600 1774 1948
7 41 215 388 562 736 910 1084 1258 1432 1606 1780 1954
8 46 220 394 568 742 916 1090 1264 1438 1612 1786 1960
9 52 226 400 574 748 922 1096 1270 1444 1618 1791 1965
10 58 232 406 580 754 928 1102 1275 1449 1623 1797 1971
11 64 238 412 586 760 933 1107 1281 1455 1629 1803 1977
12 70 244 417 591 765 939 1113 1287 1461 1635 1809 1983
13 75 249 423 597 771 945 1119 1293 1467 1641 1815 1989
14 81 255 429 603 777 951 1125 1299 1473 1646 1820 1994
15 87 261 435 609 783 957 1131 1304 1478 1652 1826 2000
16 93 267 441 615 789 962 1136 1310 1484 1658 1832 2006
17 99 273 446 620 794 968 1142 1316 1490 1664 1838 2012
18 104 278 452 626 800 974 1148 1322 1496 1670 1844 2018
19 110 284 458 632 806 980 1154 1328 1502 1675 1849 2023
20 116 290 464 638 812 986 1160 1333 1507 1681 1855 2029
21 122 296 470 644 817 991 1165 1339 1513 1687 1861 2035
22 128 302 475 649 823 997 1171 1345 1519 1693 1867 2041
23 133 307 481 655 829 1003 1177 1351 1525 1699 1873 2047
24 139 313 487 661 835 1009 1183 1357 1531 1704 1878 2052
25 146 319 493 667 841 1015 1189 1362 1536 1710 1884 2058
26 151 325 499 673 846 1020 1194 1368 1542 1716 1890 2064
27 157 331 504 678 852 1026 1200 1374 1548 1722 1896 2070
28 162 336 510 684 858 1032 1206 1380 1554 1728 1902 2075
29 168 342 516 690 864 1038 1212 1386 1560 1733 1907 2081

NOTE: For retirement credit purposes, sick leave days are generally six hours long. By law there are 2,087 hours in a work year. Since OPM calculates annuities on a 360-day (12 equal months of 30 days in length), 360 divided into 2,087 equals roughly six hours.


Credit for Unused Sick Leave

FERS employees are now given credit for sick leave due to a change in the law as of October 2009. Under FERS, if you retire prior to 2014, you will receive credit for half of your sick balance at retirement. If you retire 1-1-14 or later, you will receive credit for your full sick leave balance at retirement. For CSRS employees your full sick leave balance is converted to service credit. Sick leave service credit is used for annuity computation only - it cannot be used for eligibility purposes.

The days of unused sick leave that are added are used only in counting your number of years and months of service for annuity computation purposes. The sick leave cannot be used in computing your "high-3" average salary or for meeting the minimum length of service for retirement eligibility.

To compute the additional credit for sick leave at retirement, add the months and days of sick leave to the months and days of actual service.

For example:
Actual Service 30 years, 4 months, 16 days
Sick leave at retirement: 4 months, 24 days
Total Credit: 30 years, 9 months 10 days

Only years and full months of service are used in the annuity computation the remaining days are dropped. In the example above, the 10 days would be dropped and you would receive no credit for them towards retirement. 10 days converts to 58 hours of sick leave.


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