Employees who are currently deemed ‘essential” get the short end of the stick in a shutdown where Congress decides to pay employees retroactively.
Non-furloughed employees are still fighting traffic. They’re still working full days. They’re picking up the workload for others who aren’t in the office. And they don’t get paid any sooner or any differently than employees who are at home doing whatever they choose to do.
Government employees are lucky to get on the non-essential list. It’s a paid vacation.
How about calling furloughs of this nature “The Great Late Paid Vacation?” That way, folks will sock a little holding money away, stock up on some beverages for the fridge, and look forward to the next one.
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