Latest Release from the Office Of Personnel Management Regarding Government Employees and December 24th


Latest Release from the Office Of Personnel Management Regarding Gove=
rnment Employees and December 24th





John Berry


Excusing Federal Employees on Mond=
ay, December 24, 2012

The President has issued an Executive order excusing executive branch =
non-Postal Service employees from duty on Monday, December 24, 2012, exce=
pt those who, in the judgment of the head of the agency, cannot be excuse=
d for reasons of national security, defense, or other essential public ne=
ed. (See Attachment 1.) For pay and leave purposes, December 24, 2012, =
will be treated as falling within the scope of statutes and Executive ord=
ers governing holidays for Federal employees.

Most employees w=
ho are excused from duty on December 24th will receive the basic pay they=
would have received if no Executive order had been issued. An employee =
who was previously scheduled to take annual leave on December 24th will n=
ot be charged annual leave (or any other form of paid leave, compensatory=
time off, or credit hours). (This policy does not apply to employees wh=
o receive annual premium pay for standby duty under 5 U.S.C. 5545(c)(1) o=
r to firefighters who are covered by the special pay provisions of 5 U.S.=
C. 5545b.) An employee who is required to work nonovertime hours on Dece=
mber 24th is entitled to holiday premium pay under 5 U.S.C. 5546(b).

If an employee has scheduled “use or lose” annual leav=
e for December 24, 2012, and is unable to reschedule that leave for use b=
efore the end of the leave year (i.e., for most employees, January 12, 20=
13), the leave will be forfeited. When “use or lose” leave i=
s forfeited under these conditions, the law does not permit restoration o=
f the leave. (See 5 U.S.C. 6304(d).)

The attached questions a=
nd answers provide pay and leave administration guidance. (See Attachmen=
t 2.) For additional information, see the U.S. Office of Personnel Manag=
ement’s (OPM’s) fact sheets on —

• Fed=
eral Holidays – Work Schedules and Pay
• Compressed Work Schedules

ull; Flexible Work Schedules

The Pres=
ident’s Executive order excuses Federal employees from duty during =
a pay period in which multiple holidays fall within the same pay period. =
For further information on the procedures for multiple holidays during a=
pay period, see the attached questions and answers and the fact sheet &l=
dquo;Federal Holidays – Work Schedules and Pay” referenced above.
Employees of the U.S. Postal Service and contract employees sho=
uld contact their supervisor (or contract officer) to obtain information =
on their pay and leave entitlements for December 24th.

nal Information

For general information on Federal pay, leave, and work scheduling pol=
icies, please visit
Since policies may differ from agency to agency, employees should conta=
ct their agency human resources office for information on their agency&rs=
quo;s policy on holidays, agency field offices should contact their appro=
priate headquarters-level agency human resources office, and agency headq=
uarters-level may contact Pay and Leave at OPM at (Requests from indivi=
dual employees will be returned or forwarded to the appropriate agency hu=
man resources office.)

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