How the Government Shutdown Impacts Your Business!

shutdownThe government shutdown has entered into day four with no signs of stopping. This week the Small Business Administration began functioning on a limited basis and stopped approving a majority of its small business loans, but business loans are not the only thing being interrupted. Here are some more ways your small business could be affected:

National Parks

National parks like Yosemite National Park, which got shut down on its 123rd birthday, have forced many federal employees to stay home during the shutdown. However, many small businesses that depend on the tourist traffic these parks generate are being hurt as well. 278 million people visit the 401 areas of the National Park System and hotels are some of the hardest hit. Yosemite Miner’s Inn received 10 cancellations within the first hour of business on Tuesday.

EEOC

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is operating a limited number of services. Only claims that are within 30 days of expiring will be reviewed during the shutdown. Any requests for pending charges status or requests for reconsideration must be done after the government reopens. Litigation will be suspended except in certain circumstances and mediation is cancelled until further notice. The complete list of EEOC services is available on its website.

E-Verify

E-Verify, an online system that confirms employment eligibility, will be unavailable for the duration of government shutdown. Many businesses use this system to ensure new hires can legally work in the United States. During the shutdown, companies cannot enroll in E-Verify, businesses cannot verify employment eligibility or run reports. A full list of suspended services is available.

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This does not absolve employers of the responsibility of completing I-9 forms within 3 days of hire. Employers that normally use E-Verify should take specific steps to ensure their employment verification process is covered.

NLRB
The National Labor Relations Board is all but shut down as well. According to its shutdown policy 1600 of its 1611 employees will be furloughed during the shutdown. Only certain emergency actions will take place during the shutdown.

OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has furloughed 90 percent of its inspectors, however, inspectors will be available at each location to respond to safety or health complaints that present a high risk of danger. More details can be found in the OSHA Contingency Plan.

About EEOC

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. For more information, visit: EEOC.gov

About E-Verify

E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility.

About OSHA

With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance

About SOI

SOI is a leading professional employer organization (PEO) for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) serving as a trusted partner in integrated human resource (HR) compliance, risk management, employee benefits, employment practices liability insurance (EPLI), and payroll processing. SOI is based in Charlotte, NC and supports tens of thousands of worksite employees throughout the U.S. For more details, visit SOI.com.

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