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  • 06/14/2016
  • Picea Mariana
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Hello Folks, I am taking a poll.  As a temporary federal firefighter did your sick leave carry over from year to year after you were laid off with a break in service.  I am trying to help out someone.  He says that he has moved from agency to agency and carried the sick leave  with him.  Our agency (BLM) is saying that we cannot.  Anyone know where there is a reference on this.  I could not dome up with anything on the internet.  The temporary seasonal employees have different regulations than the perm’s apparently?

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8 Comments
  1. Anna
    June 14, 2016 Reply

    I believe they are entitled to their sick leave. (obtained from OPM https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/leave-administration/fact-sheets/sick-leave-general-information/)

    Recredit of Sick Leave

    An employee who has a break in service and returns to work for the Federal Government is entitled to the recredit of his or her sick leave, regardless of the length of the break in service. However, sick leave may not be recredited if the employee was reemployed by the Federal Government before December 2, 1994, after a break in service of more than 3 years, and the employee’s sick leave was forfeited under the former regulation in effect at the time.

  2. ND
    June 15, 2016 Reply

    https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/leave-administration/fact-sheets/sick-leave-general-information/

    “An employee who has a break in service and returns to work for the Federal Government is entitled to the recredit of his or her sick leave, regardless of the length of the break in service. ”

    Seems pretty clear that they should get that recredited.

  3. FFdawg
    June 15, 2016 Reply

    In the Federal Government your sick leave stays with you. Even when you get terminated and rehired as a seasonal year after year. It should also transfer with you from one Fed agency to another. Though from my experience, getting sick leave transferred from one agency to another can take a couple of months.

  4. angel
    June 15, 2016 Reply

    It’s supposed to carry over. We had an employee that had a ten year break from his first employment with the BLM and when came to the FS and he got it all restored.

  5. techs672
    June 17, 2016 Reply

    What they said. At least it was when I started in the 1970s, and when I retired in the 00s. I didn’t have direct experience with moving between agencies/departments — but there is nothing agency-specific about federal leave accrual AFAIK.

  6. dernst
    June 19, 2016 Reply

    When I was a temporary employee, I retuned after a few seasons of working and lost all of my sick leave. I have the white slips to prove it and they don’t care. I filed for a leave audit and they will not listen to my case.

  7. dbowen
    June 19, 2016 Reply

    Everyone has pretty much covered it but it does seem like if you bounce around between agencies you have to fight for it.
    3-2 Unused Sick Leave as Service Credit

    Under the Civil Retirement System unused sick leave is included in the total service credit of an employee. The National Defense Authorization Act (HR 2647) was signed by the President on October 28, 2009 and allows Federal Employment Retirement System (FERS) employees to include unused sick leave in the total service credit of an employee. The credit is phased into FERS with a fifty (50) percent credit for those who retire between the effective date of the National Defense Authority Act (HR) 2647) and December 31, 2013, and full credit for sick leave under FERS for those retiring on or after January 1, 2014.

    An employee who has a break in service and returns to Federal service is entitled to re-credit of his or her sick leave regardless of the date of his or her separation.

  8. Your name...
    June 22, 2016 Reply

    I moved between regions, states and worked seasonally for four different fed. Agencies…..sometimes with a year or more between service in the 1970 1980s. ALL my sick leave carried over. It always does.

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