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Leave Payout Information  - OPEIU, SCUPA, SPFPA, and PDA
If eligible, you will receive a leave payout of unused annual and personal leave in your last paycheck.  
Employees may be eligible for a payout of their sick leave upon retirement. You must begin to draw a monthly lifetime retirement annuity within 90 days of separation. Below is the criteria for payment of sick leave. 
 
Sick Leave Payout Eligibility:
Retirement Age
Years of Service
Type of Service
SERS/PSERS
Superannuation age
5
Credited service* in retirement plan
Prior to Superannuation age
25
Credited service* in retirement plan
Any age
5
Credited service* in retirement plan & approved Disability retirement
*Credited service includes years of service credited by SERS and PSERS retirement plan and may include purchased service.  
** Commonwealth/State System service does not include employment with a public school (pre-K, K-12).
 
 
Retirement Age
Years of Service
Type of Service
ARP
Age 60 with ARP
5
Commonwealth/State System* service
Prior to age 60 with ARP
25
Commonwealth/State System* service
Any age with ARP
5
Commonwealth/State System service & approved Disability retirement
*Credited service includes years of service credited by SERS and PSERS retirement plan and may include purchased service. 
** Commonwealth/State System service does not include employment with a public school (pre-K, K-12).
 
Sick Leave Payout Buy-Out Amount
Days Available at Retirement
Percentage Buy-Out
Maximum Days
0-100
30%
30
101-200
40%
80
201-300
50%
150
Over 300 (in last year of employment)
100% of days over 300
13

 

Tax Deferring Your Sick and Annual Leave Payout:
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania contracts with Empower Retirement, the retirement business of Great West Financial serving as the administrator for the deferred compensation 457 plan.
 
Requirements:
1.         You must enroll and be contributing at least $5 prior to the pay in which you defer your sick and/or annual leave.
2.         You must complete and submit your salary deferral paperwork to Empower prior to the first day of the month in which the deferral will be made – this is an IRS regulation. 
 
For complete guidelines/details and setup, contact Empower Retirement at 866.737.7457.