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  • Reemployment and Unused Sick Leave

    Jun 7, 2024, 10:58 AM By MOSERS
    I just read, "A team member who separates from state service, but returns within five years will have their sick leave balance restored." So If I retire with 600 hours of sick leave, I know that I'll get 3 months of credit for 504 hours of that 600. If I came back to work for the state, would I get back the 96 that I was not able to apply toward my service credit?

    No. Since the sick leave was used in the calculation of the retirement benefit for the period of service in which it was earned, any remaining unused sick leave is removed from your employer’s payroll system after you retire.

    Therefore, if you are a retiree receiving a MOSERS benefit who is reemployed in a benefit-eligible position after observing the termination and reemployment rules, you cannot receive credit for pre-retirement unused sick leave, including any remaining hours that did not convert to whole months of service credit at retirement. Upon reemployment in a benefit-eligible position, a retiree is treated as a new employee.
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  • Unused Sick Leave at Retirement

    May 22, 2024, 9:14 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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  • Accrued Annual Leave

    Sep 13, 2022, 1:50 PM By MOSERS

    I have approximately 8 weeks of accrued Annual Leave. Could I potentially take 4-6 weeks of my leave prior to my retirement date and theoretically leave my position early?

    Your specific question is outside the purview of MOSERS. Please discuss your questions about taking annual leave with your supervisor and/or HR representative. It is also important that you find out if there is a limit on how many hours of unused annual leave your employer will pay out when you retire. Again, it is your agency that determines the amount of vacation/annual leave that you can get paid for, not MOSERS. Limits on how much they will pay out may vary from one agency to another.

    If your employer approves the use of annual leave prior to your retirement date, you would still be considered an active employee, would still be accruing service credit, and would still have your insurance coverage while taking annual leave. Your employer may require you to return to work prior to your retirement date.

    As it relates to your MOSERS benefits, the amount of unused annual leave you have at retirement has no impact on your MOSERS retirement benefits. However, unused sick leave may increase the amount of your service credit and your monthly retirement benefit. See our Life Events page for more information on both unused annual leave and unused sick leave. Contact a MOSERS benefit counselor directly if you have any further questions about your pension benefits. 

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  • Unused Sick Leave and Legislation

    Apr 6, 2022, 1:21 PM By MOSERS
    How will HB2234I effect someone that is 7 years pass their BackDrop with 1500 hours of sick leave if it passes?

    HB 2234 does not change the current statutory rules for converting sick leave to service credit or BackDROP.

    You will get one month of credited service for each block of 168 hours of unused sick leave you have at retirement. While this will increase the amount of your benefit, unused sick leave cannot count toward eligibility for retirement or as part of the BackDROP period. That is, the months of unused sick leave will not make you eligible for retirement (or BackDROP) sooner, but will increase the amount of your payment once you have retired.

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  • Accumulated Sick Leave at Retirement

    Mar 22, 2022, 11:23 AM By MOSERS

    I was hired in 2012. Does my accumulated sick leave count toward my time served when I retire?

    Unused sick leave does NOT count towards service for retirement ELIGIBILITY. In other words, it will not make you eligible for retirement sooner than you would have been without it. You must meet both the age and service requirements – not counting unused sick leave – to be eligible to retire.

    However, as part of your retirement benefit calculation, we will add one month of additional service for each block of 168 hours of unused sick leave you have at retirement. This will increase the AMOUNT of your benefit payment every month in retirement

    There are some specific situations in which unused sick leave doesn’t count:

    • MSEP 2011 members: If you left state employment after January 1, 2018, and prior to being eligible for early or normal retirement, you will get no service credit for unused sick leave.
    • MSEP retirees: If you leave state employment prior to being eligible for early or normal retirement, you will get no service credit for your unused sick leave.
    • Legislators, statewide elected officials, and judges: You do not accrue sick leave.
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  • Unused Sick Leave and the MSEP 2011

    Dec 30, 2021, 11:52 AM By MOSERS

    I am under the MSEP 2011 pension plan. Will my unused sick leave apply towards qualifying service at time of retirement or upon leaving State employment once vested?

    A member of MSEP 2011, who leaves state employment after January 1, 2018 but prior to being eligible for early or normal retirement, will get no service credit for unused sick leave. However, a member of MSEP 2011 who remains employed until they reach early or normal retirement eligibility will receive one month of credited service for every 168 hours of unused sick leave.

    Unused sick leave cannot be used to determine retirement eligibility – it will not allow you to retire sooner – but it converts to credited service, which can increase your monthly pension benefit. 

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