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How the Trump Administration Is Handling Pay and Benefits for Shutdown-Impacted Feds

January 28, 2019 / Eric Katz

Most federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown that ended on Friday will receive their back pay by Jan. 31, according to new guidance from the Trump administration. Agencies that are reopening should provide flexibility in asking their workers to come back to the office, with the Office of Personnel Management noting the length of the shutdown may cause “extenuating circumstances or personal challenges” that prevent employees from coming back immediately. Managers should provide “appropriate flexibility” to employees with “legitimate difficulties” in returning to work without delay, and have the option to place those workers in administrative leave.