(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump signed into law Wednesday a bill that will ensure that government employees will be paid for wages lost during the government shutdown.
“On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the President signed into law: S. 24, the ‘Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019,’ which requires the compensation of government employees for wages lost, work performed, or leave used during a lapse in appropriations that begins on or after December 22, 2018, and entitles excepted employees to use leave during a lapse in appropriations,” the White House said in a statement.
The Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019 (S. 24), sponsored by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and passed by Congress, states that “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.”
“During a covered lapse in appropriations, each excepted employee who is required to perform work shall be entitled to use leave under chapter 63 of title 5, or any other applicable law governing the use of leave by the excepted employee, for which compensation shall be paid at the earliest date possible after the lapse in appropriations ends, regardless of scheduled pay dates,'' the bill states.