Q & A Session – Leave Without Pay Duration


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


I am excepted service and was placed in leave without pay status by the USPS about six months ago. I’ve been given no news from the agency. How long can LWOP last and what are my options?


If you’re a full-time permanent employee, forcing you to an LWOP status could be an illegal suspension. However, your collective bargaining agreement may also shed some light on your status if you are in a bargaining unit. Without more information about your status, I cannot say more about the legality of your current pay status.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

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