Trump’s latest executive order turns Christmas Eve into federal holiday this year

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WASHINGTON (WJW) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that makes Christmas Eve an official federal holiday this year.

“All executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, the day before Christmas Day,” the legislation said.

Other presidents have offered federal workers a half-day in the past, but this executive order gives employees a fully-paid day off.

There are exceptions to the order, of course, with some employees still having to report for duty for reasons of “national security, defense or other public need.”

Read the new legislation here.

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