Feds Facing Financial Hardships During the Shutdown Have Some Options for Relief

Government Executive | January 03, 2019

Feds Facing Financial Hardships During the Shutdown Have Some Options for Relief
Fewer federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown are signing up for unemployment benefits than in the last instance of agencies shuttering for an extended period, but the cash-strapped workers increasingly have other options. A slew of financial institutions is offering perks to employees experiencing financial hardship during the shutdown, ranging from no-interest loans to refunding normal fees.

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Companies of all sizes conducting business with the U. S. Government should be aware of a unique requirement in the Federal Acquisition Regulations applicable to accounting for uncompensated overtime on federal contracts. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to compensate hourly workers for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week, but the FLSA does not require employers to similarly compensate salaried employees; hence the hours worked by salaried employees in excess of the normal 40 hours per week are commonly called uncompensated overtime.

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Companies of all sizes conducting business with the U. S. Government should be aware of a unique requirement in the Federal Acquisition Regulations applicable to accounting for uncompensated overtime on federal contracts. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to compensate hourly workers for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week, but the FLSA does not require employers to similarly compensate salaried employees; hence the hours worked by salaried employees in excess of the normal 40 hours per week are commonly called uncompensated overtime.