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Pay & Leave Leave Administration

Fact Sheet: Leave Year Beginning and Ending Dates

A leave year begins on the first day of the first full biweekly pay period in a calendar year. A leave year ends on the day immediately before the first day of the first full biweekly pay period in the following calendar year.

Employees may carry over to the next leave year a maximum amount of accrued annual leave (240 hours for most employees). "Use or lose" annual leave is the amount of accrued annual leave that is in excess of the employee's maximum annual leave limitation for carry over into the next leave year. Employees must "use" their excess annual leave by the end of a leave year or they will "lose" (forfeit) it. An agency may consider restoring annual leave that was forfeited due to an exigency of the public business or sickness of the employee only if the annual leave was scheduled in writing before the start of the third biweekly pay period prior to the end of the leave year.

The beginning and ending dates of leave years 2002 through 2020 shown below apply to most employees. However, some agency payroll systems use a different pay period schedule. Employees should contact their agencies to verify the beginning and ending dates of a particular leave year.

Leave YearLeave Year Beginning DateLeave Year Ending DateDate for Scheduling "Use or Lose"
Annual Leave
2002

January 13, 2002

January 11, 2003

November 30, 2002

2003

January 12, 2003

January 10, 2004

November 29, 2003

2004

January 11, 2004

January 08, 2005

November 27, 2004

2005

January 09, 2005

January 07, 2006

November 26, 2005

2006

January 08, 2006

January 06, 2007

November 25, 2006

2007

January 07, 2007

January 05, 2008

November 24, 2007

2008

January 06, 2008

January 03, 2009

November 22, 2008

2009

January 04, 2009

January 02, 2010

November 21, 2009

2010

January 03, 2010

January 01, 2011

November 20, 2010

2011

January 02, 2011

December 31, 2011

November 19, 2011

2012

January 01, 2012

January 12, 2013

December 01, 2012

2013

January 13, 2013

January 11, 2014

November 30, 2013

2014

January 12, 2014

January 10, 2015

November 29, 2014

2015

January 11, 2015

January 09, 2016

November 28, 2015

2016

January 10, 2016

January 07, 2017

November 26, 2016

2017

January 08, 2017

January 06, 2018

November 25, 2017

2018

January 07, 2018

January 05, 2019

November 24, 2018

2019

January 06, 2019

January 04, 2020

November 23, 2019

2020

January 05, 2020

January 02, 2021

November 21, 2020

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