Q: If a GS employee is on official travel during his or her regularly scheduled duty hours that fall between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., does the employee continue to receive night pay whether or not she or he performs actual duty?
A: A GS employee who is regularly assigned to a night shift that falls between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. and performs official government travel during that night shift will continue to receive night differential. Under the regulations at 5 C.F.R. § 550.122(a) a GS employee continues to receive night differential pay for a regularly scheduled night shift when performing official government travel during the night shift whether performing work or not.
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