Legally protect workers during federal furloughs

Legally protect workers during federal furloughs

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Marie Anderson started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and

Furloughs unrelated to true economic challenges disproportionately damage government workers and contractors. Protections and legal recourse available to private sector employees aren't readily available and are sometimes prohibited by federal regulationsBecause workers have no control over when they're furloughed or the damage from furloughs, the U.S. government should enact the following by Executive Order or legislative act:

  1. Revise present laws to include back payment to ALL contractor companies with 2500 or fewer employees.
  2. Prohibit foreclosure and seizure of assets owned by federal and contractor employees during a furlough.
  3. Require automatic extensions of all federal and contractor employee financial/business/medical/legal transactions and due dates until the END of the furlough and mandate at least 60 days for those delayed transactions to complete. This includes suspending ALL IRS deadlines and interest accrual.
  4. Prohibit reporting - by creditors of federal employees or federal contractors/suppliers - to credit score reporting agencies for ANY AND ALL delinquencies which start ON or AFTER midnight of the last official business day of the government.
  5. Waive all TAXES and PENALTIES on 401k/Thrift Savings Plan withdrawals during the shutdown AND provide special case repayment of withdrawals with NO tax impact(s).
  6. Prohibit ANY disciplinary action for temporary employment that would otherwise violate federal OPM policies/regulation EXCEPT where such employment would be illegal. This would EXCLUDE employment with foreign governments and/or their agents.
  7. GUARANTEE that all insurances selected and paid for by employees are IN PLACE and premiums PAID no matter when, in the calendar/fiscal year, the furlough occurs.
  8. PAY ALL DEDUCTIBLES accrued by insured federal employees during the furlough.
  9. Establish an escrow of $1B US to provide no-interest short term loans to furloughed employees repayable in one year or less. Establish an escrow of $5B US to provide no-interest short term loans to federal contractors working during furloughs repayable in three years or less. Establish an escrow of $2B US to provide no-interest short term loans to contractor companies/employees affected during furloughs due to work stoppages or furlough-induced layoffs.
  10. Establish a federal customer service center to handle key services -  for EVERY federal agency - during a furlough.
  11. Provide $15,000 college grants (per student) to students who were forced to transfer because they, their parents and/or their guardians could not pay tuition due to the furlough.

In this way some of the most devastating short- and long-term impacts of political decisions can be addressed.

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