|Subchapter 4630 - Absence and Leave
Section B - Annual Leave
Subsection a - Accruing Annual Leave
| Annual Leave Accrual Rates
||Employees earn annual leave based on the amount of service which is creditable for leave accrual purposes. (Service computation dates for leave appear on biweekly leave and earning statements.) Refer to the following table to determine an employee's leave category and appropriate accrual rate:
Note: A temporary employee with an appointment of less than 90 days is entitled to accrue annual leave only after being currently employed for a continuous period of 90 days under successive appointments without a break in service. (This restriction only applies to the accrual of annual leave. If an employee on such an appointment already has annual leave to his or her credit from a previous appointment, he or she is allowed to use this annual leave during the temporary appointment.) After completing the 90-day period of continuous employment, the employee is entitled to be credited with the leave that would have accrued to him or her during that period.
| SES/SL/ST Annual Leave Accrual Rate
Effective October 30, 2004, Senior Executive Service (SES) and Senior Level/Scientific and Professional (SL/ST) employees accrue annual leave at the rate of 1 day (8 hours) for each full biweekly pay period, regardless of the length Federal service (Federal Workforce Flexibility Act 2004 section 202[b] [Pub,L.108-411, dtd 10/30/04] which amends 5 USC 6303; 5 CFR 630.301[a]).
|Accruing Annual Leave for Fractional Pay Periods||
An employee earns annual leave on a pro-rata basis if, during continuous employment, the employee's leave earning status is interrupted for a fraction of a pay period by any one of the following circumstances:
|Accrual Rates for Fractional Pay Periods||
Refer to the following table to determine how much annual leave will be accrued during fractional pay periods.
ACCRUAL RATES FOR FRACTIONAL PAY PERIODS
| Part-time Employees
The following conditions apply to annual leave accrual for part-time employees:
|Completion of a Full Pay Period||
Both full-time and part-time employees complete a full pay period when they are in a pay status, or any combination of pay and nonpay status, for all the work hours and workdays within their basic biweekly tour of duty. Employees complete a full pay period when:
|Effect of Nonpay Status on Accrual||
A full-time employee does not earn leave in any pay period during the leave year that the total hours in nonpay status equals 80 or a multiple of 80 hours. (Non-pay status may be leave without pay [LWOP], absence without leave [AWOL], or suspension). Hours of nonpay status are dropped at the end of the leave year. Although an employee in annual leave category 6 normally will earn 10 hours during the last full pay period in the calendar year, he/she will earn no leave if he/she reaches 80 hours of nonpay status during that same period.
Example: An employee who is in nonpay status for 40 hours during pay period 16, but has had no nonpay during previous pay periods, accrues leave. In pay period 17, the employee is again in nonpay status for 40 hours. The employee will accrue no leave for pay period 17 because he/she has now reached a multiple of 80 hours of nonpay status.
|Changing Leave Earning Categories||
After completing the required years of service, an employee moves into a higher leave-earning category at the beginning of the next pay period. However, if the required years of service are completed on the first day of the pay period, the employee moves into the higher category in that pay period.
Changes to an employee's leave-earning category appear on the biweekly leave and earnings statement in the pay period the change occurs.
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