The U.S. government shut down that began at midnight on Saturday as a result of the Senate’s failure to close a funding deal is having wide-reaching effects on federal agencies charged with investigating labor law violations. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which is responsible for investigating breaches of labor and civil rights laws by contractors, have halted their operations. The NLRB has stopped working on all current cases, and the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program is not taking any new requests from workers displaced by offshore competition. The EEOC has also stopped investigating civil rights violations in the workplace and OSHA has temporarily reduced their staff by two-thirds. There is currently no known time frame for how long the government shutdown could last, but previous shutdowns have ranged from 1 to 21 days.
See Zero Hedge, Centre for Research on Globalization, January 22, 2018