The 1-year rule, or more properly, the Statute of Limitations, continues to be confused at various levels. The beginning point in understanding the rule must always be to first clarify what constitutes the trigger-point; for, if one does not know what represents the first day of the year, how can one calculate the remaining 364 days?
First, in negative form: Being on LWOP, Sick Leave, or any time of leave, does not constitute a separation from service. Indeed, logically, if one reflects upon it for a moment, the very fact that one is on some type of leave would imply that one is on leave “from” an agency, thereby inferring that no separation from service has yet occurred. Thus, separation from Federal Service is an event which occurs when a Federal or Postal employee affirmatively resigns; is issued a termination or separation letter; or is issued a personnel action on an SF Form 50 or PS Form 50, showing that Federal or Postal employment has been terminated.
For Postal employees, if you continue to receive a “0”-balance pay stub, it likely means that you have not yet been separated.
Obviously, for Federal Disability Retirement purposes, whether under FERS or CSRS, knowing whether or not you are separated from Federal Service is important, because the Office of Personnel Management will not make a determination on the substantive basis of a Federal Disability Retirement application if it has been filed in an untimely manner (i.e., after a year has passed from the date of separation).
Then, of course, there is also the “other” 1-year rule, of showing that one’s medical condition will last for a minimum of 12 months. But let us not get ahead of ourselves and confuse and conflate the two.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire
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