The federal government is shut down for the first time in 17 years. President Clinton was in office then. While it could be satisfying to picture a lot of “non-essential” bureaucrats having some forced time off (why do we need “non-essential” employees anyway?), it is kind of sad to see all the national parks and other tourist spots closed.
Congress missed its midnight deadline to keep government running and now must form a compromise. The federal government is the country’s largest employer and the fallout from the shutdown will be felt from Washington D.C. and all across the nation. I have a friend who is employed by the federal government here in Indiana. He and his wife are losing sleep, wondering how they are going to pay their mortgage and daycare costs on her part-time income if this lasts very long.
Here at SHS we are still working at full potential and serving our clients well; however, one way that we are affected by the shutdown is by our clients not having access to E-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. U.S. law requires companies to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States – either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. More than 409,000 employers, large and small, across the United States use E-Verify to check the employment eligibility of their employees, with about 1,300 new businesses signing up each week so you can imagine the kink that the government shut down has caused from this aspect alone.
Otherwise, private businesses, schools, service organizations, etc. are chugging along, doing their part in keeping things moving along in this great country.