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It would be a help if the posted topic aways showed up first! The title is partly true, but the definition of "essential" in the case of a government shutdown should be to still provide basic services at lowest cost. I don't think that non-essential means that the service provided is not something we need or want government to provide. I think a lot of administrators make the classification to cause the greatest outcry !
Posted by krlklar
An "essential" employee is one who's work is critical and cannot be delayed. A "non-essential" employee is one who's work can be delayed. The importance of the employee's work is not a factor.
In many cases basic services are the first to cease because they can often be delayed without serious impact.