Legislation Would Protect Federal Employees’ Pay During a Shutdown

One Senator wants to make sure federal employees get their full paychecks if the government shuts down later this month.

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has introduced legislation that would ensure federal employees get paid in the event of a government shutdown.

The Federal Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2017 (S. 861) would ensure that federal employees who are furloughed or have to work without pay during a shutdown get their full pay quickly.

“Federal workers are dedicated public servants who simply want to do their jobs on behalf of the American people. They shouldn’t suffer because of extreme partisan gamesmanship,” said Cardin.

Talk of a government shutdown has happened over disagreement about funding for President Trump’s proposed border wall. A shutdown, however, is unlikely, but an agreement does have to be reached by April 28.

What Happens to Your Pay?

If there is a shutdown, what will happen to your pay and benefits? See our previous article with information from OPM on what to expect.

What About Federal Retirees?

Do federal retirees continue to receive their annuity payments if the government shuts down? OPM has provided detailed guidance on this as well.

About the Author

Ian Smith is one of the co-founders of FedSmith.com. He enjoys writing about current topics that affect the federal workforce.