Federal employees who served in the military reserves may now be eligible to be compensated for wrongly charged military leave dating as far back as 1980, because of a recent ruling from the Merit Systems Protection Board. Government workers are given up to 15 paid days of leave a year to spend in the National Guard or military reserves. But until 2000, the government was erroneously counting weekends and holidays in this tally. Last July, the MSPB ruled that employees who served in the reserves between 1994 and 2000 were eligible for compensation for mistakenly charged leave. Last week the board, a quasi-judicial body that handles federal workplace disputes, issued a ruling pushing the date back to 1980.