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What You Need to Know: Leave Benefits

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By Eric Yoder
Special to the Washington Post
Thursday, November 13, 2008; 12:00 AM

One key consideration when evaluating a job is knowing when you won't have to be working at it. The federal government offers a variety of leave benefits, many of which stack up well against private sector practices. The government in many ways is liberal in the types of leave it offers and the situations in which employees may use leave.

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Full-time employees accrue 13 days of annual leave¿that is, vacation time--in each of their first three years of service, 20 days per year between years four and 15 years, and 26 days per year after 15 years. Leave for part-time employees is prorated according to the number of hours they work.

Annual leave can be used for any purpose the employee desires, although typically it must be scheduled several weeks in advance and a time-off request can be denied due to the agency's needs.

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