Are Democrats Violating the Law During the Shutdown?

Democratic state leaders have been rolling out unemployment benefits for Federal workers, but it could be conflicting with Federal law. The Daily Caller reports:

Several Democratic governors are promising federal workers who have gone without pay during the government shutdown that they are eligible for unemployment benefits.

Democratic Govs. Gavin Newsom of California, Tony Evers of Wisconsin and Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico have promised furloughed workers that they will receive unemployment benefits during the shutdown, The Hill reports.

The Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program, which provides unemployment benefits for former federal employees, is administered by the state in which the federal employee worked.

During a federal shutdown, states may extend the benefits to furloughed employees, consistent with state law. Benefits are generally not given to “excepted” federal workers who are still working but won’t be paid until the shutdown is over, according to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Will these benefits be payed back by employees once their back pay is received?


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