How Does the Government Shutdown Impact HR Matters?

10/13/2013 // Dallas, Texas, United States // Attorney Keith Clouse (Press Release) // Keith Clouse // (press release)

The federal government shutdown began Tuesday, October 1 and continues on with no end in sight. Many business owners have been left wondering how this shutdown impacts their day-to-day operations. A chief concern of many business owners is how the shutdown impacts human resources issues.

Employers will not be able to access certain federal services. For example, employers cannot verify whether a person may legally work in the United States by using the government’s E-Verify program. Employers may also have trouble resolving other employment-related issues, such as allegations regarding discrimination, wage law violations, or safety concerns; the agencies that handle these issues have either shut down entirely or are working with skeleton crews. For example, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have all furloughed many workers and are performing only minimal operations.

No one knows when the shutdown will end or how government agencies will ramp up their operations once they can. To learn more about what an employer can and cannot do during the federal government shutdown, contact an employment lawyer in your area. This article is presented by the employment law attorneys at Clouse Dunn LLP. For inquiries, send an email to [email protected] or call (214) 239-2705.

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