New Hampshire is getting ready to furlough some state workers whose salaries depend on federal funding.
The Hassan administration and the union that represents most state workers have reached a deal that both sides say will prevent layoffs.
Under the agreement, the federal shutdown qualifies as a “emergency” that will allow workers to be furloughed rather than laid off. State Employees Association president Diana Lacey says the deal holds the promise of saving the state money and saving workers benefits that would be lost if they were laid off.
One area of funding hit hard by the government shutdown is science. Since so much basic research and development is funded by the government, the partial shutdown means labs have had to close their doors, research centers are operating with skeleton crews, and many clinical trials have ground to a halt and experiments put on ice. All these factors have some scientists complaining that their time-sensitive work is in jeopardy.
Fred Guterl is the Executive Editor of Scientific American, which is covering the shutdown’s effect on scientific research.
Many of the furloughed Portsmouth Naval Shipyard workers soon will be back on the job.
A shipyard spokesman told the Portsmouth Herald that workers who are part of the Naval Sea System Command, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command and base support are heading back to work Monday morning. Other workers are being told to contact their supervisors to see if they'll be working.
The New Hampshire Employment Security agency says employees who have been furloughed or temporarily laid off during the federal government shutdown may file for unemployment benefits and should open their claim this week.
Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis said people should apply as soon as possible. He said if individuals waits to file, they won't be able to request or receive benefits for previous weeks.
Federal employees must apply for benefits in the state in which they work.