Government Shut Down Numbers from Constangy

Zan Blue of the Nashville office of  Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP sent this information to the law firm’s email list subscribers regarding the U.S. government shutdown. The content speaks for itself.

It is printed here in its entirety with no editing:

October 02, 2013 
We at Constangy thought we’d just pass along a few points about the status of a few of the federal organizations regulating the workplace.
The EEOC has laid off over 2000 employees and “contractors.” This leaves 107 employees to run the agency.
The Department of Labor has laid off some 13, 000 employees, leaving 3000 on the job for now. This includes OSHA, the Wage Hour Division, OFCCP and so on.
The NLRB has laid off 1600 employees, leaving 11 on the job.
The Department of Justice is canceling proceedings related to labor and employment matters, including investigation of qui tam actions related to Davis Bacon and the Service Contract Act.
The federal courts are functioning, having sent notices they will continue to operate for 10 business days after the shutdown. Needless to say, labor and employment cases are not at the forefront of a system overloaded with criminal matters already.
We expect this will create a huge backlog that the agencies and courts will try to work off in a frenzy of demands to employers when the funding resumes.
Constangy Brooks & Smith expresses no view on whether all this is a good thing or a bad thing.



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