Approving back pay for furloughed workers is a political ploy to calm the (federal) backlash to the shutdown. So while federal employees get a paid vacation, ancillary workers such as consultants continue to suffer as we will have to make up last week's missed hours between now and the end of the year. Some of us were able to work on our company's administrative tasks this past week, however, we still have to make up those missed hours on our contracts when the government does re-open. As of today, that would mean approximately 40 hours to make up in 13 weeks, assuming no time off for the holidays is taken. If the shutdown continues next week, we are told to take our annual leave.Once our annual leave is depleted, we do not receive a paycheck. Folks with no annual leave saved up are in an even more difficult situation. How is this good news? This bill is a flimsy attempt to make a bad situation look good---and we're dumb enough to fall for it.
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