| Lump Sum Payment
A cash payment (lump sum) for unused annual leave, which includes restored leave, is paid when an employee:
In determining whether or not to make lump sum payments for unused annual leave, Programs must:
- Consider if the time in FT/PT duty status will permit the taking of leave in nonemergency situations
- Determine the expected duration of the intermittent status
- Consider what is in the Program's and employee's best interest and what is most beneficial to both parties
- Determine the amount of the lump sum that may be paid
- Determine the amount of refund that will be required upon the employee's return to a FT/PT status (e.g., the employee would only be required to repay the unused portion)
Reference: Federal Register, Vol. 64 No. 130, page 36764 col. 1, dtd July 8, 1999, and email from OHCM-USDA, dtd March 3, 2005.
If restored annual leave is included in a lump sum payment then it may not be recredited if an employee is reemployed before the expiration of the lump sum period (5 CFR 550.1207 [a]).
Programs are required to make a lump sum payment for restored annual leave when an employee enters active duty.
| Computation of Lump Sum Payment
Lump sum payments:
- Are computed on the basis of an employee's rate of pay at the time of separation, including the rate received as a result of grade and pay retention, supervisory differentials, and holidays (even though they may fall on nonworkdays).
- Cover the days an employee actually would have been in pay status if he/she were on the rolls, and
- Do not include nonworkdays falling within the lump sum period.
The period covered by the lump sum is not creditable as Federal service or for leave earning purposes.
Lump sum payments exclude: hazard duty pay, environmental differentials, Sunday premium pay, and retention allowances.
| Refund of Lump Sum Payment
An employee must refund a lump sum payment to the gaining agency when he/she is:
- Reemployed to a leave-earning position. Only the unexpired period covered by the lump sum payment must be refunded. *Exception: Restored annual leave will not be re-credited.
- Restored after erroneous separation. The entire lump sum payment must be refunded.
- A retired Federal employee who received a lump sum payment, and is re-employed under a temporary appointment of less than 90 days before expiration of the lump sum leave period, may use the recredited annual leave during the temporary appointment.
Collection of the lump sum may not be waived. The lump sum may be paid in installments or in total, but it must be paid within 1 year after the date of reemployement.