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Pay and Leave

Leave

Leave can fall under many different categories, the most common being annual leave and sick leave. As a new employee to the Federal government, you are entitled to both annual and sick leave beginning the first day of your new job.

New full-time employees earn 4 hours of annual leave and 4 hours of sick leave per pay period, for the first three years on the job. After three years you will begin to earn 6 hours of annual leave for each pay period. You are allowed to carry over 240 hours of annual leave over at the end of each leave year.

For more information on leave please review the fact sheets on the various leave programs on OPM's website.

 

Employee Type Less than 3 years of service 3 years but less than 15 years of service 15 or more years of service
Full-time employees ½ day (4 hours) for each pay period 3/4 day (6 hours) for each pay period, except 1¼ day (10 hours) in last pay period 1 day (8 hours) for each pay period
Part-time employees 1 hour of annual leave for each 20 hours in a pay status 1 hour of annual leave for each 13 hours in a pay status 1 hour of annual leave for each 10 hours in a pay status
Uncommon tours of duty (4 hours) times (average # of hours per biweekly pay period) divided by 80 = biweekly accrual rate. (6 hours) times (average # of hours per biweekly pay period) divided by 80 = biweekly accrual rate. (8 hours) times (average # of hours per biweekly pay period) divided by 80 = biweekly accrual rate.

 

Pay and Pay Periods

By now you should have been informed of your annual salary. Your will be paid by direct deposit every 2 weeks. Please feel free to view the pay period calendar.

In addition, Salaries and Wages information can be found on the OPM web site.

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