As essential employees, attendance is mandatory and all paid time off is canceled. No vacations, no sick leave, no religious holidays. Any absence from work would be considered a furlough, and refusing to come to work after being ordered to do so classifies an officer as AWOL, or absent without leave.
ďAs a sworn employee, youíre coming to work,Ē said Lt. Kimberly Schneider, a public information officer for the department.
Officers were set to receive checks on Friday for the two-week pay period that ended Sept. 30, but the next payday is not known. Whether there will be a paycheck on Oct. 20, and how much the check will total, depends on two factors: how long the shutdown lasts and what instructions Congress includes in whatever continuing resolution it passes.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.