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.|
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.
COVID-19 Emergency Paid Leave
The Emergency Federal Employee Leave Fund provides a conditional and temporary leave category for federal employees in response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, known as Emergency Paid Leave (EPL). Please review all information before applying for and/or approving EPL since use of this leave can have long-term impacts on retirement annuity payments. Further, the exhaustion of funds available for this leave can result in the EPL conditional approval being canceled and the employee being indebted for the value of the leave taken, which cannot be reimbursed to CBP by OPM.