Retirement Policy

OPM recently changed the way it credits service for employees on injury compensation (OWCP) who work part-time but have a full-time appointment. Specifically, employees who were given a full-time appointment, but as a result of being in receipt of OWCP worked only part of the day and used leave without pay (LWOP) for part of the day, will now be credited as full-time.

In the case of Hatch v. Office of Personnel Management 100 M.S.P.R. 204 (2005), the Merit Systems Protection Board ruled that the annuitant should have been treated as a full-time employee for retirement purposes for the period of time that he worked four hours a day and received OWCP benefits for the other four hours while in a LWOP status.