Are You Entitled to Law Enforcement Officer Retirement?
The issue of Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Retirement is on the minds of many federal employees as they make decisions regarding the planning and timing of their retirement. Federal employees pay into their retirement through deductions from their paychecks. LEOs are entitled to a greater amount of money in their pensions and pay additional paycheck deductions to earn that right. A most disturbing and not so uncommon event occurs when the federal employee nearing retirement learns for the first time that although he or she has paid the additional premium to earn the LEO status, the government now challenges the employee’s LEO retirement status, claiming that the employee should never have been classified as LEO. The government then contends that it made an error in accepting the higher paycheck deductions and is prepared to return the increase in premiums back to the employee with interest; however, the employee loses his LEO pension. To be eligible for LEO retirement, Federal law requ
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