Congress and the President cannot get along. As a result of being unable to agree on how to fund the government, government services are being cut back. Earlier this week the government began to shutdown and furloughed approximately 800,000 federal workers from many agencies. Companies that have business with the government will immediately feel the impact of the shutdown.
Only federal employees who are determined to be essential will report to work. While the situation remains fluid it does not appear that a quick resolution is in sight. There are several government agencies that regulate employment and who will be impacted by the government shutdown. Below is the plan that these key business regulating agencies are implementing during the shutdown.
Department of Labor (DOL) has 16,304 employees supporting several Sub-Offices. Of that number there will be 2,954 employees who will continue to report to work during the shutdown. During the furlough there will be no foreign labor certifications processed, no Trade Adjustment Assistance determinations and basic Wage & Hour investigations will likely be suspended during the shutdown. Read the full DOL contingency plan.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) of the 2,164 agency employees there will be 107 employees who will continue to report to work during the shutdown. The reduced workforce will be unable to investigate new charges of discrimination, litigate in federal court, federal employee discrimination appeals or conduct mediation. Only those job functions involving human safety or the protection of property will continue. Read the full EEOC contingency plan.
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) of the 1,611 employees the agency will have 11 employees who will continue to work. The shutdown will affect all case handling, Administrative law decisions, unfair labor practice investigations and related litigation. Read the full NLRB contingency plan.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will continue to operate however the E-Verify system will not be available. Form I9 must continue to be completed by employers by the third day of employment. Read the full DHS contingency plan.
The Federal Court system will remain open for 10 business days continuing business as usual. However, the Judiciary will re-evaluate the situation mid October and determine next steps.
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