Business Implications of the Government Shutdown for HR and Payroll Professionals
As most American’s know by now, effective midnight last night, the US government shut down until the next appropriations authorization is passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President. The length of this shutdown is totally unclear at this point.
The implications for the government shutdown on various aspects of your human resource and payroll processes are listed below:
So, what does the government shutdown mean for businesses?
- Payroll/Tax/Filing: IRS-imposed deadlines for tax deposits, tax filings and most other correspondence (particularly those notices and activities that are automated and software-driven) will continue without impact. Some compliance-related correspondence requiring human intervention will be delayed. (“Non-essential” IRS personnel were subject to furlough effective today, piling on to the one-week-a-month furlough many of them have already been subject to due to the effects of the sequester.)
- Healthcare Reform deadlines and Exchange Opening: Unaffected and opened on schedule.
- E-Verify: The federal government’s E-Verify system is shuttered indefinitely. Customers will NOT be able to perform e-verifications until the government is funded, back up and running. Employers MAY NOT take any adverse action against an employee because of an E-Verify interim case status, including while the employee’s case is in an extended interim case status, due to a federal government shutdown. For more information on E-Verify during the shutdown, here is an informative blog entry from Credential Check.