Potential Government Shutdown; Impact on Employers

government shutdown

On December 7, 2017 Congress passed a bill to extend government funding for two weeks. While a stop gap bill is pending and would extend funding through January 19, if an agreement is not reached before December 22nd, the U.S. government will be facing a shutdown.

With the significant amount of regulatory guidance employers deal with on a daily basis, a government shutdown will have some impact on day-to-day HR operations:

ONBOARDING: If a shutdown occurs we recommend that employers continue BUSINESS AS USUAL meeting the Section 1 and Section 2 deadlines for I-9 compliance. During a U.S. government shutdown, the E-Verify system does not accept new cases to determine the eligibility of employees to work in the United States. For Equifax I-9 Management clients even while E-Verify is shut down, our I-9 Management solution maintains a record of cases to be submitted to E-Verify. Once E-Verify is reinstated, I-9 Management submits applicable E-Verify cases – allowing for E-Verify processing to occur automatically without our clients having to resubmit or track the status of the government shutdown.

It would also be business as usual for our Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Management clients during a shutdown as employers should continue screening for WOTC.

SEPARATION: Federal employers, with employees eligible for the Unemployment Claims for Federal Employees (UCFE) program, could see an increase in unemployment claims activity. For Equifax Unemployment Cost Management clients, our CaseBuilder technology platform and skilled consultants help keep deadlines and reschedules on point and compliant, even during disruptions or spikes in activity.