Hundreds of thousands of Americans will be out of work due to a partial government shutdown, just in time for Christmas. President Donald Trump and Congress have unveiled their special Christmas present for thousands of government employees in California and all across the nation.
Following the news that the government was partially shut down Saturday at midnight after the House and Senate failed to pass a spending bill over President Trump’s demands to include $5 billion for his proposed Mexico-U.S. border wall project, our Los Angeles employment law attorney from The Rager Law Firm has been receiving hundreds of (and counting) calls and emails from concerned Americans, asking our lawyers if they would be affected by the government shutdown.
The short answer to your question is: some of you will, while some of you won’t. For unemployed people and those employed in the private sector, the partial shutdown will most likely not meddle with your holiday plans. Government employees, on the other hand, are less lucky in that regard, as hundreds of thousands of those considered “essential” employees will be working during the holidays.
If you are one of those essential government employees, it looks like you will have to miss that holiday party at your spouse’s brother’s wife’s home after all (not that you were thrilled to attend it in the first place). So who will be directly affected by the partial shutdown in the heart of the holiday season?
For those of you worried that you will not be able to pick up your Christmas gift and holiday cards from the post office, rejoice. Our experienced employment law attorney in Los Angeles says that the post office will stay open during the holidays. If you are planning to use public transportation or resort to air travel to get to your family gathering in another state, you should be glad to hear that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents will still work during the holidays despite the partial government shutdown.
Those of you thinking that you can take advantage of the partial government shutdown and climb the border wall or cross the border illegally because Customs and Border Patrol agents will be affected by the shutdown, you may want to stop packing your things in the backpack and stay put. Secret Service agents, Customs and Border Patrol agents and U.S. troops deployed at the border are considered “essential” federal employees, which means they will be working during the holidays despite the partial government shutdown at the end of 2018.
However, those essential employees who will be working during the shutdown will not be paid for the hours or days working during the shutdown until after it ends.
An estimated more than 420,000 government workers will continue working during the holidays despite the government shutdown. We asked our Los Angeles employment law attorney to explain which federal agencies will be affected by the partial government shutdown that began on December 22, 2018:
Another 380,000 federal employees will be placed on temporary leave without receiving pay during the partial government shutdown. Furloughs will affect:
Also, the following nine federal governments will be closed during the government shutdown in 2018:
If you still have questions about whether or not the partial government shutdown will affect you or your holiday plans in 2018, schedule a free consultation with our employment law attorney Los Angeles from The Rager Law Firm. Call at 310-527-6994 today.
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