One Hundred Sixteenth Congress of the United States of America
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Thursday, the third day of January, two thousand and nineteen
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
To provide for the compensation of Federal and other government employees affected by lapses in appropriations.
This Act may be cited as the
Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019.
Compensation for Federal and other government employees affected by a lapse in appropriations
Section 1341 of title 31, United States Code, is amended—
in subsection (a)(1), by striking
An officer and inserting
Except as specified in this subchapter or any other provision of law, an officer; and
by adding at the end the following:
In this subsection—
the term covered lapse in appropriations means any lapse in appropriations that begins on or after December 22, 2018;
the term District of Columbia public employer means—
the District of Columbia Courts;
the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia; or
the District of Columbia government;
the term employee includes an officer; and
the term excepted employee means an excepted employee or an employee performing emergency work, as such terms are defined by the Office of Personnel Management or the appropriate District of Columbia public employer, as applicable.
Each employee of the United States Government or of a District of Columbia public employer furloughed as a result of a covered lapse in appropriations shall be paid for the period of the lapse in appropriations, and each excepted employee who is required to perform work during a covered lapse in appropriations shall be paid for such work, at the employee's standard rate of pay, at the earliest date possible after the lapse in appropriations ends, regardless of scheduled pay dates.
During a covered lapse in appropriations, each excepted employee who is required to perform work shall be entitled to use leave under chapter 63 of title 5, or any other applicable law governing the use of leave by the excepted employee, for which compensation shall be paid at the earliest date possible after the lapse in appropriations ends, regardless of scheduled pay dates.
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate