While most of the attention given to the federal government shutdown has (understandably) been on government employment and agencies, the ongoing shutdown also has a major impact on private employers.

Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Richard Rainey discussed this impact with HR Daily Advisor. For example, Rainey said the E-Verify system, which employers use to verify that workers are authorized to work in the US, is unavailable currently.

In addition, EEOC availability is limited during the shutdown.

“For employers, this will provide breathing room if they were in the midst of preparing a position statement or responding to a request for information,” Rainey said. However, he said employers should be ready to act quickly when the government reopens.

Click here to read “Employers Seeing Impact of Government Shutdown” at HR Daily Advisor.

Richard Rainey is a labor and employment attorney with extensive experience litigating employment disputes on behalf of employers in the courtroom and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board and the U.S. and N.C. Department of Labor. His litigation practice also includes actions involving covenants not to compete, theft of trade secrets, unfair competition, employee raiding, fair housing and equal credit.