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Frequently Asked Questions Pay & Leave

Hazardous Duty Pay

  • Yes. Each department or agency has discretion to excuse employees from their duties without loss of pay or charge to leave. If all or part of an installation is closed because of contamination by a hazardous agent, an agency may grant excused absence to employees who are prevented from working because of contamination of their worksite. If appropriate, agencies may require employees to report to an alternate worksite within the same commuting area or may allow employees with telework agreements to telework from a remote worksite.
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