Friday, October 4, 2013
Due to the lack of an appropriations bill for federal fiscal year 2014, the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) is faced with a shortage of funding to pay administrative personnel. The furlough will affect 66 employees.
These involuntary furloughs may be for a short or long period of time. Unemployment Insurance Benefits will continue to be processed. Kansas employers will need to submit Quarterly Wage Reports as usual.
The KDOL Division of Workers Compensation will continue regular operations and appeal hearings.
The federal shutdown is also affecting a number of civilian employees of the Adjutant General’s Department who are federally funded. A total of 263 federally funded state employees will be furloughed.
These employees fulfill supply, clerical, facility maintenance and repair, and other support functions and are located primarily in Topeka, Wichita and Salina.
“We regret having to furlough these employees and will do what we can to help them get through this,” said Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general.
A total of 772 Kansas National Guardsmen have been placed on furlough due to the federal shutdown. This figure includes 417 Army National Guard soldiers from across the state, 209 airmen from the 190th Air Refueling Wing in Topeka and 146 airmen at the 184th Intelligence Wing in Wichita.