The government shutdown is officially the longest in history and seemingly has no end in sight. Effects from the shutdown are being felt across the country including airports, national parks and, of course, hundreds of thousands of federal workers who continue to go without pay.
As a staffing firm, you may be wondering how the shutdown impacts your ability to onboard new employees. Here are some key impacts that may affect your hiring practices.
Perhaps most impactful to employers when it comes to onboarding new employees is the lapse in E-Verify services. E-Verify services are currently unavailable meaning employers cannot run new employees through the system and employees cannot resolve Tentative Non-confirmations (TNC).
As outlined on the E-Verify site, the following policies have been implemented:
Employers must still complete the Form I-9 process per normal requirements.
Currently, the federal courts are operating on a limited budget with enough funding to last until January 18th. It remains unclear what will happen after the 18th including if there will be an eventual impact to the PACER system which is the avenue for federal criminal searches.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is also feeling the effects of the government shutdown and remains closed due to the lapse in funding. This includes services such as identitytheft.gov which is used by consumers to report identity theft.
Likewise, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is closed meaning only a limited number of services are available; however, litigation efforts are currently suspended unless needed on an emergency basis.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau remains open.
Asurint and EmployStream will continue to monitor the government shutdown and will provide updates to the above when available.
This blog post was written by Kelly Uebel from Asurint.
Asurint is an offical EmployStream background screening partner.
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