Q & A Session – Working a Paid Job while on Paid Admin Leave


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


A federal employee coworker of mine is on paid administrative leave but is also working for a contractor and getting paid by the contractor. Is it legal for the employee to get paid for administrative leave but also work another job and get paid?


What you have described is probably not legal. I can conceive of a circumstance where the contractor work is done outside normal duty hours or the contractor work is not done for the government or there is an outside activity request that has been approved. These extra facts might make the contractor work permissible. It is important to have all the facts when making a judgment.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

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