Once returning to work after a shutdown is over and the employees are only going to be working less than six hours to complete their shift, are they required to take a lunch? Per the IRM, employees who work a six-hour daily Tour of Duty (TOD) are not required to include an unpaid lunch or meal period in their daily TOD. However, six-hour daily TOD employees may choose to take an unpaid 30-minute lunch or meal period, and their TODs will be permanently extended by 30 minutes to six and a half hours. Therefore, if these employees are typically working an eight-hour day, then they are not required to take a lunch break. We recommend you talk with your manager. I am a telework employee, when am I expected to report to work? As established in Article 48 of the 2016 National Agreement, employees are expected to report to work no later than four hours after the announcement is posted to resume duties. If you are scheduled to telework on the day that the shutdown is over, are you allowed the four hours to log on to your system, or is the four-hour rule only valid for employees who will be reporting to their official Post of Duty? As established in Article 48 of the 2016 National Agreement, employees are expected to report to work no later than four hours after the announcement is posted to resume duties. How do I know when the government shutdown is over? During the furlough, you may get information from the media about the status of the furlough. You may also call the IRS Hotline at 866-743-5748, or TTY at 866-924-3578 for information. Campus employees should use your emergency hotline procedures specific for your campus. Information is also available at www.irs.gov/employee. When am I required to report back to work? As established in Article 48 of the 2016 National Agreement, employees are expected to report to work no later than four hours after that announcement is posted. If the four hours are after the end of the employee’s established tour of duty, the employee can report to work the beginning on the next scheduled workday. We anticipate that the end of the government shutdown will be widely covered in the media. You can go to www.irs.gov/employee or call the IRS employee hotline at 866-743-5748 (TTY at 866-924-3578) for more information. Campus employees should use your emergency hotline procedures specific for your campus. When should I report back to duty if the IRS reopens on my regular day off? If the IRS resumes normal activities on your regular day off, you should report to duty at the start of your next scheduled workday. For example, if the IRS resumes normal activities on the second Thursday in the pay period and an employee on an alternative work schedule has that day established as their regular day off in their established tour of duty, he or she should report on the next scheduled workday. When should I report back to duty if I am an intermittent employee? You should report back to duty as directed by your manager. What if I had previously approved leave scheduled on the first day after a furlough ? If you had previously approved leave scheduled on that day, you may still take it. You should contact your supervisor to communicate your plans. What if I can't make it back to duty? Talk to your manager. Managers are also encouraged to allow unscheduled telework for employees with an approved telework agreement on the first workday following the end of the shutdown. What do I need to do when I return? You should update your email and phone “out of office” messages, and review and update your time. Your manager will let you know if you need to perform any additional specific activities.