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Time Off

 Personal, Sick & Unpaid Time-Off

Introduction

As a federal employee, you are eligible to take several types of authorized absences from work when needed.

For an overview, see Family-Friendly Leave Policies on OPM.gov.​

Annual Leave

You may use annual leave for vacations, rest and relaxation, and personal business or emergencies. Except for emergencies, you must have your use of annual leave authorized in advance by your supervisor.

You earn annual leave in one-hour increments on the basis of years of federal service, including creditable military service. Your work schedule also impacts your annual leave accrual rate. General estimates are shown below:

 
Years of Service
Up to 3 years
3-15 years
15 or more years
Full-time permanent, seasonal & term employees
4 hours per pay period
(13 days per year)
6 hours per pay period*
(20 days per year)
8 hours per pay period
(26 days per year)
Part-time permanent, seasonal & term employees
1 hour for every 20 hours worked
1 hour for every 13 hours worked
1 hour for every 10 hours worked

*10 hours are accrued for the last pay period of the year  

Employees on an intermittent work schedule or on a temporary appointment of less than 90 days do not earn annual or sick leave.

Generally, leave accrual rates are transferrable without change if you move between agencies.

To learn more, see Annual Leave OPM.gov.

Sick Leave

You may use sick leave when you are unable to perform your job due to physical or mental illness, injury, pregnancy, or childbirth. In some cases, you may be required to provide evidence of illness.

Full-time employees earn four hours of sick leave each biweekly pay period, or 13 days per year. Part-time workers earn one hour of sick leave for each 20 hours in pay status.

Employees on an intermittent work schedule or on a temporary appointment of less than 90 days do not earn annual or sick leave.

To learn more, see Sick Leave on OPM.gov.

Paid Leaves of Absence

When needed, you can take advantage of authorized paid leaves of absence, such as:

  • Military Leave - You may be entitled to time off at full pay for certain types of active or inactive duty in the National Guard or as a Reservist of the Armed Forces. To learn more, see Military Leave on OPM.gov.
  • Court Leave - You may be entitled to paid time off for service as a juror or witness. To learn more, see Court Leave on OPM.gov.
  • Childbirth - For childbirth-related medical appointments, hospitalization, and recovery periods, both the birth mother and birth father may use accrued sick leave or annual leave. Some restrictions may apply. To learn more, see Leave And Work Scheduling Flexibilities Available For Childbirth (PDF) on OPM.gov.
  • Adoption - For adoption-related appointments, travel time, and other mandated activities, both adoptive parents may use accrued sick leave or annual leave. Some restrictions may apply. To learn more, see Leave And Work Scheduling Flexibilities Available For Adoption (PDF) on OPM.gov.
  • Sick Leave to Care for a Family Member with a Serious Medical Condition - You may use a total of up to 12 administrative workweeks of sick leave each leave year to care for a family member with a serious health condition. To learn more, see Sick Leave to Care for a Family Member with a Serious Health Condition on OPM.gov.

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Unpaid Leaves of Absence

You may request leave without pay (LWOP) - a temporary, non-paid absence from work. Generally, it is granted at your supervisor's discretion, whether or not you have accrued annual or sick leave. You may be entitled to LWOP under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, or if you are a disabled veteran needing medical treatment.

To learn more, see Leave Without Pay on OPM.gov.

Other Time Off

If your personal religious beliefs prevent you from working at certain times of the workday or workweek, you may be permitted to work alternate work hours, at your manager's discretion. You must submit a written request in advance for an adjusted work schedule.

To learn more, see Adjustment of Work Schedules for Religious Observances on OPM.gov.

  

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 Leave Sharing

​Under the leave transfer program, employees may voluntarily donate annual leave to a fellow employee who is experiencing a medical or family emergency and who does not have accrued leave available.

To learn more, see Leave Transfer Program on OPM.gov.

 Federal Holidays

As a Federal employee, you'll enjoy public holidays each year, as established by Federal law.

To see details and a schedule of holidays for the current year, go to Federal Holidays on OPM.gov.

 Family Medical Leave Act

Under the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), you may take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in any 12-month period for such family concerns as:

  • Birth of a child
  • Adoption of a child
  • Caring for a family member with a serious health condition
  • One's own serious health condition​

To learn more, see Family Medical Leave on OPM.gov.

 Carrying Over Leave

There are restrictions on carrying over some kinds of leave to the next year:

  • Annual Leave - You can accumulate and carry over no more than 240 hours. For SES or SL, the carry over is 720 hours.
  • Sick Leave - There is no limit to the amount of sick leave you can accumulate and carry over.

 Questions about Time Off?

​Contact the HR Representative identified in your offer letter.