Mazie Hirono Intros Bill to Ensure Sure Federal Contractors Get Back Pay
A newly passed law will ensure that the roughly 800,000 furloughed federal employees, and those working without pay, will be reimbursed for lost wages. However, employees of federal contractors cannot count on any compensation for lost labor and many may have been let go. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) on Tuesday introduced legislation to secure back pay for these workers. The Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act, introduced with Senator Tina Smith (D-MN), would provide back pay up to $600 per paycheck for employees of federal contractors who were furloughed or had their hours reduced due to the government shutdown. The bill aims to help low-wage federal contractor employees, including janitorial, food, and security services workers. “Federal contract workers perform important services across Hawaii and don’t deserve to suffer financially because of Donald Trump’s government shutdown,” Hirono said. “This bill aims to make things right with federal contract workers who often work long hours at low wages.” More here.