Q & A Session – Using Sick Leave Before Retirement


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.


What are the specific policies on using sick leave prior to retirement for CSRS with over 30 years of service? Would a doctor’s note be adequate? It seems to be a better deal to get a full salary rather than retirement salary for sick leave.


You may use sick leave for medical appointments, medical incapacitation, to care for a sick family member, to attend a funeral of a close family member or to arrange an adoption. An agency can require a doctor’s note for an abuse of three days or more. An agency may also require a doctor’s note for a shorter absence if it tells the employee in writing of such a requirement. An agency may require that the doctor’s note be of sufficient detail that it actually describes a medical incapacitation.

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

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