Civilians employees at Fort Benning get their paychecks today, but they wont include money for furlough days, a post official said late Wednesday.
The good news is people will get paid, said Monica Manganaro, a public affairs spokeswoman. That paycheck is going to reflect those furlough days and then the next few weeks, we will be back to normal.
As Congress wrapped up a deal to end the government shutdown, Manganaro said lawmakers and the president will determine if employees will be paid retroactively for the days they were furloughed. It is unknown when that pay date may occur.
At least 2,800 civilian employees were placed on furlough on Oct. 1. About 1,000 returned to work a week later on Oct. 7 and the remaining employees went to work on Tuesday, Manganaro said.
Some employees at Fort Benning filed for unemployment during the lingering shutdown, but Manganaro doubts whether any received an unemployment check because of all the rules and stipulations.
I dont think it works that quickly, she said. I know a number of employees went down and filed for unemployment in the event that they were not going to get paid.
Post officials also noted that some employees may notice their leave and earning statements reflect no accrual of leave or sick leave. Employees may be impacted if they were on furlough earlier this year during sequestration and not recalled from furlough before Oct. 6. Under government rules, an employee does not earn annual leave or sick leave for the period if the employee reaches 80 hours of non-pay status.
Leave balances will be adjusted when affected employees are retroactively paid for time in furlough status.
Civilian employees should see a normal, full pay check on Oct. 31.
Some training was impacted by the shutdown. During the furlough, some soldiers on temporary duty assignments for training at Fort Benning were returned to their home stations. There is still going to be some lingering effects on how the overall shutdown plays out, Manganaro said.