No ... once it expires you are no longer authorized to work ... until the new one arrives.
You may need to take a short leave of absence if it doesn't arrive.
For the most part CIS is pretty good about printing/mailing them 90-100 days from the date you 'properly' filed (ie: no RFEs).
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No. You can only work while having a valid EAD in your possession.
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