The order follows his administration’s recent acceptance of provisions in two budget bills sponsored by House Democrats to provide 12 weeks of paid parental leave and to pay a 3.1 percent average federal raise in January.
The order applies to some 2.1 million executive branch employees, although under the order agencies “may determine that certain offices and installations of their organizations, or parts thereof, must remain open and that certain employees must report for duty on December 24, 2019, for reasons of national security, defense, or other public need.”
That mirrors the policy of similar previous orders, as does language in the order referring to the impact on pay and leave.
“Most employees who are excused from duty on December 24th as a result of the President’s Executive order will receive the basic pay they would have received if no Executive order had been issued,” according to guidance issued Wednesday morning.
“An employee who was previously scheduled to take annual leave on December 24th will not be charged annual leave (or any other form of paid leave, compensatory time off, or credit hours),” it says.
Employees who are ordered to remain at work are entitled to holiday pay, which is an add-on equal to their regular salary rate, while employees not regularly scheduled to work that day will be entitled to an “in lieu of” day off.
An accompanying question and answer document describes the impact on employees in various specialized situations.