“NON-EMERGENCY” VS. “NON-ESSENTIAL” STATE WORKERS “

By Bob Katzen

Due to the current winter situation, the governor has directed that non-emergency state employees working in Executive Branch agencies should not report to their workplaces on Thursday, January 4, 2018,” said the notice on Gov. Baker’s website.

Up until a few years ago, governors often used the term “non-essential” employees instead of “non-emergency.” Those governors were often criticized and asked why “non-essential” employees were hired in the first place. Somewhere along the line, someone figured it out and ever since that time governors have used “non-emergency.”

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