LEAVE

Most federal employees earn both annual and sick leave.

Annual leave is used for vacations, rest and relaxation, personal business, and/or emergencies. New full-time employees earn 4 hours of annual leave each 2-week pay period. When you have 3 years of service, this increases to 6 hours every 2 weeks, and at 15 years it increases to 8 hours every 2 weeks. Most military service counts toward the time required to go into the next highest annual leave category. Most employees can carry over no more than 30 days of annual leave into the next leave year.

Sick leave is used for:

  • personal medical needs
  • care of a family member
  • care of a family member with a serious health condition
  • adoption-related purposes


Full-time employees earn 4 hours of sick leave every 2 weeks. You can accrue this leave without limit. See the federal government's sick leave fact sheet.


Further information on federal leave programs:

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