Report: Shutdown now illegal
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jan 11, 2019
With the federal government now being in the longest shutdown in history, it may now be illegal based on a precedent set by a previous shutdown, Government Executive reports.
According to the report, after the 2013 16-day shutdown, a federal court ruled that the government violated the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act when employees worked without receiving their paychecks.
Based on that ruling some employees will also be entitled to damages in addition to back pay after the government reopens, the article notes, adding that on Jan. 11, many of the than 800,000 federal employees did not receive their paychecks for the very first time during the partial shutdown.