Effects of the Government Shutdown on Employers

January 14, 2019

The government shutdown is entering yet another week with no end in sight. E-Verify is shut down: employers are not able to use this service to verify an employee’s eligibility to work in the US; the “three-day-rule” for creating E-Verify cases is suspended during the shutdown due to the unavailability of E-Verify; federal contractors with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) E-Verify clause in their contract should contact their contracting officer to inquire about extending federal contractor deadlines. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is essentially shut down: a skeleton crew of 103 employees across the country is in place to receive charges, but otherwise all cases are on hold. The Department of Labor (DOL), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are all open and fully staffed.