Government agencies will undoubtedly feel the impact for a significant time of the recent, record long government shutdown. The impact of the convulsive operational pace will have a trickledown effect on any and all doing business with federal agencies, some more than others, considering some agencies are often times granted extended funding to operate fully or partially. Unlike the United States Department of Labor (DOL) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), both of which are fully funded through October 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) closed completely during the recent shutdown due to lack of funding.
Like after past closures, the substantial backlog of cases has placed everyone at the mercy of the multi-faceted EEOC process – a process that is now likely several months behind. So, what does this process look like from all angles?