US President Donald Trump signed the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act on Wednesday to compensate federal employees who have not received any pay as a result of the current government shutdown.
“Each employee of the United States Government or of a District of Columbia public employer furloughed as a result of a covered lapse in appropriations shall be paid for the period of the lapse in appropriations, and each excepted employee who is required to perform work during a covered lapse in appropriations shall be paid for such work, at the employee’s standard rate of pay, at the earliest date possible after the lapse in appropriations ends, regardless of scheduled pay dates.”
The bill covers almost 800,000 federal employees who were furloughed because of the shutdown beginning December 22, 2018. The shutdown was caused by a dispute between parties over a demand for $5.7 billion to fund a border wall. However, the government employees will not be compensated until the lapse in appropriations ends.