Federal Workers Must Refrain From Checking Emails on Work Phones While on Furlough
The government shutdown has put hundreds of thousands of people on forced furlough and it turns out that these US federal employees are legally required to shut off their work phones. If they use their phones to check work email, they can be fired and could face civil or criminal penalties. The Committee on House Administration recommend to these workers that they turn their BlackBerrys off as long as the federal government is closed. Other agencies collected work phones. The reason dates back to 1884 in a statue called the Antideficiency Act. The law prohibits the government from agreeing to financial commitments with money that it doesn't have.