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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 the leave years 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 Year Leave Year Beginning Date Leave Year Ending Date Deadline to Schedule "Use or Lose"
Annual Leave
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

2021

January 03, 2021

January 01, 2022

November 20, 2021

*2022

January 02, 2022

December 31, 2022

November 19, 2022

2023

January 01, 2023

January 13, 2024

December 02, 2023

2024

January 14, 2024

January 11, 2025

November 30, 2024

2025

January 12, 2025

January 10, 2026

November 29, 2025

2026

January 11, 2026

January 09, 2027

November 28, 2026

2027

January 10, 2027

January 08, 2028

November 27, 2027

2028

January 09, 2028

January 06, 2029

November 25, 2028

2029

January 07, 2029

January 05, 2030

November 24, 2029

2030

January 06, 2030

January 04, 2031

November 23, 2030

* 27 pay periods occur when the prior leave year ends on a Saturday at the beginning of a 365-day calendar year.

References
5 U.S.C. 6304
5 CFR 630.201 (definition of “leave year”)
5 CFR 630.308

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