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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 TypeLess than 3 years of service3 years but less than 15 years of service15 or more years of service
Full-time employees½ day (4 hours) for each pay period3/4 day (6 hours) for each pay period, except 1¼ day (10 hours) in last pay period1 day (8 hours) for each pay period
Part-time employees1 hour of annual leave for each 20 hours in a pay status1 hour of annual leave for each 13 hours in a pay status1 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.

Disabled Veteran Leave (Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015)

Under the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-75, November 5, 2015), an employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more from the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) of the Department of Veterans Affairs is entitled to up to 104 hours of disabled veteran leave for the purposes of undergoing medical treatment for such disability.

An eligible employee will receive the appropriate amount of disabled veteran leave as of the employee’s “first day of employment,” as defined below. Disabled veteran leave is a one-time benefit provided to an eligible employee. The employee will have a single, continuous 12-month eligibility period, beginning on the “first day of employment” in which to use the leave or it will be forfeited with no opportunity to carry over the leave into subsequent years. An employee may not receive a lump-sum payment for any unused or forfeited leave under any circumstance.

For complete details about the new Disabled Veteran Leave entitlement, see the Disabled Veteran Leave Fact Sheet on OPM’s website.

Last modified: 
October 15, 2020