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Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave.

Annual leave: Employees earn annual leave based on the length of their Federal service:

Years Employed Days Leave
0 to 3 13
3 to 15 20
15 and up 26

Up to 30 days of annual leave may be accumulated and carried over for use in future years. Annual leave may be used for vacations or other personal reasons.

Family-Friendly Leave Policies

These include the Family and Medical Leave Act, Sick Leave to Care for a Family Member with a Serious Health Condition, Organ Donor Leave, Leave for Childbirth, Leave for Adoption, and Military Leave. For more information, visit the Office of Personnel Management's web site.

Family and Medical Leave Act

Employees are entitled to a total of 12 administrative workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for (a) the birth and care of a newborn, (b) placement of a child with the employee for adoption or foster care, (c) care of a spouse, son, daughter, or parent with a serious health condition, and (d) a serious health condition where the employee is unable to perform the duties of his or her position.

Sick Leave

Sick leave may be used when an employee is ill, has a doctor, dental, or optical appointment, or when an employee needs to provide care to an ill family member. Regardless of length of service, employees earn 13 days of sick leave each year. Unused sick leave accumulates indefinitely.

Employees may use up to 104 hours (13 days) of sick leave each year to:

  • care for a family member who is incapacitated by a medical or mental condition
  • attend to a family member receiving medical, dental, or optical examination or treatment
  • arrange for or attend the funeral of a family member

Sick Leave to Care for a Family Member with a Serious Health Condition

An employee may use up to 12 administrative workweeks of sick leave each leave year to care for a family member with a serious health condition, such as cancer, heart attack, stroke, severe injury, Alzheimer’s disease, pregnancy, and childbirth. More information is provided at OPM’s website.

Leave, Sick Leave, Annual Leave