When is severance pay granted?
Severance pay is paid to those who were employed continuously (without a single break in service of more than three days) for at least 12 months and who lose their jobs through no fault of their own--generally those who are separated in a reduction in force because of abolishment of their positions, or who decline to accompany their positions in a transfer of function to another commuting area.

It is not payable if you resign voluntarily, if you retire on an immediate annuity, or if you leave government with a buyout (voluntary separation incentive payment).

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