i am a pennsylvania state employee. if this budget doesn’t go through, can the state legally have us work with no pay for weeks, months?

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i am a pennsylvania state employee. if this budget doesn’t go through, can the state legally have us work with no pay for weeks, months?

if i miss a bill they charge me a fee for missing the payment, as me being a state employee can they with hold pay and expect the bill collectors to wave it by? i am confused and scared. if i don’t make my car payment for obvious reasons, they come and take it, i then have no way to get to work, work fires me for neglance to show up to work? is this a loop hole or am i missing something? any information regarding this situation would be appreciated.

Asked on June 30, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

I'd be very surprised if the legislature doesn't find a way to keep the government running within a few days, probably by hammering out the budget.  Your next paycheck might be late, by a few days, but I don't think it will get much beyond that.  This sort of situation has happened many times before, in many states.

It's possible that if the budget doesn't get passed, there will be "furloughs," and you may miss a couple days' pay while your office (among most of the state government's agencies) closes temporarily. But elected officials tend to want to be re-elected, and having the government shut down like that for more than a day or two tends to be very hard on their chances.


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