What happens to my vacation and sick leave when I retire?

Vacation Leave: Your unused vacation leave is paid out to you on the pay period following your last working pay period. Your vacation pay out information is reported to the retirement system on your application and they use your payout information in calculating your retirement benefit. This is the reason we ask you about how many vacation hours you plan to use between when you sign the application and your actual last working day. The closer your actual final compensation is to what we estimate on the retirement application, the lesser of any changes to your retirement benefit after you begin receiving your retirement checks.

Sick Leave: Your unused sick leave is reported to the retirement system for service credit. For every 20 days of sick leave that you have remaining in your accrual bank when you retire, the retirement system will credit you with one month of service, just as if you had worked another month.

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1. I've decided on a date to retire, what do I need to do to submit the paperwork?
2. What about all of my benefits, insurances, etc?
3. I've completed all of the forms, when do I get my first retirement check?
4. What happens after the retirement application is submitted?
5. What happens to my vacation and sick leave when I retire?
6. When should I submit my application for retirement?
7. Where can I go to get information on planning my retirement?
8. How do I decide on a retirement date?