OPM Issues Post-Shutdown Pay and Benefits Guidance

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By on October 17, 2013 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

The Office of Personnel Management issued a memo today instructing agencies on how to pay federal employees who were furloughed during the recent shutdown.

The document covers topics such as pay, leave, FMLA, leave without pay, and pay for the Columbus Day holiday.

Items of note include:

  • In most cases, affected employees will receive holiday pay for Columbus Day
  • An employee is entitled to receive his or her rate of basic pay for all periods of time from October 1, 2013, until the end of the lapse in appropriations, during which he or she would have been in a pay status but for the lapse of appropriations
  • Agencies must adjust an employee’s leave account for proper recredit of any lost accrual of annual and sick leave due to being in a nonpay status. Since the employee is retroactively placed in a pay status, annual and sick leave will accrue in accordance with the normal rules.

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