Information on Federal Benefits from the Federal Employees Almanac

Chapter 4, Section 3: Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs)

The annual adjustments to annuities to reflect changes in the cost of living represent one of the most important provisions in federal retirement programs.

Chapter 4, Section 4: Re-Employment of Annuitants

Federal retirees may be re-employed in any position for which they are qualified, subject to the restrictions described below.

Chapter 5, Section 1: Paid Time Off

The federal government has made provisions for authorized absence from work, usually through earned leave, for most of its employees. These provisions are in Chapter 63 of Title 5, U.S. Code.

Chapter 5, Section 2: Other Authorized Uses of Leave

Special circumstances such as childbirth and adoption, bereavement, serious illness and organ donation each have their own set of leave rules.

Chapter 5, Section 3: Leave Sharing

Leave sharing for federal employees was authorized under the Federal Employees Leave Sharing Amendments Act of 1993 (P.L. 103-103).

Chapter 5, Section 4: Unpaid Leave

Leave without pay (LWOP) is a temporary non-paid status and absence from duty that, in most cases, is granted at the employee's request.

Chapter 5, Section 5: Federal Employees' Compensation Act (Workers' Compensation Benefits)

The Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) (5 U.S.C. 8101) is the law governing the payment of workers' compensation benefits to federal employees who suffer a disability due to personal injury (including occupational disease) sustained while in the performance of duty and recurrences of such disabilities after release from treatment for them.

Chapter 5, Section 6: Disability Retirement vs. FECA Benefits

For many federal employees, workers' compensation benefits and disability retirement are closely related issues, but it is important to realize that these two benefit programs are very different.

Chapter 5, Section 7: Unemployment Compensation

Basic unemployment insurance rights and income-security protections for federal employees are in Title 5, Chapter 85, of the U.S. Code.