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Unused Sick Leave at Retirement

May 22, 2024, 09:14 AM by MOSERS

What’s the limit for unused sick leave at retirement? It’s never mentioned when there is a question.

State employees accrue sick leave at a rate of 10 hours per month. Beyond that, there is no limit to the amount of unused sick leave you can receive service credit for at retirement. You will receive one month of credited service for every 168 hours of unused sick leave reported to MOSERS by your employer when you leave your position.

Your sick leave is used to calculate the amount of your retirement benefit but cannot be used to determine eligibility.

For example, if you have 336 hours of unused sick leave, you will receive credit for an additional two months of service (336/168 = 2) when your retirement benefit is calculated.

Unused sick leave does NOT count towards service for retirement eligibility. In other words, it does not allow you to retire sooner. You must meet both the age and service requirements for your plan to be eligible to retire.

For sick leave to count as credited service:

  • MSEP – You must be eligible to retire on the date of termination.

  • MSEP 2000 – You do not have to be eligible to retire on the date of termination.

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