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Shutdown Cuts Christmas Vacation Short for Federal Employees

  • Non-furloughed workers can’t take time off during shutdown
  • Government employees work unpaid until funding deal passes
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The government shutdown doesn’t mean an extended Christmas break for about 400,000 federal employees deemed essential. Rather, it means those workers need to be back on the job Wednesday -- with no exceptions.

Employees who aren’t furloughed during a shutdown can’t take any time off for vacation, illness or religious obligations, according to the government’s Office of Personnel Management rules. Effectively, this means that employees who were planning to take time off between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays have to cancel their plans.