Confusion in Mo. Over Federal Employee Pay Situation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – The government shutdown is over but Missouri officials still have no idea who will pay for the unemployment benefits federal workers collected during the three-week ordeal.

Missouri Department of Labor spokesman Tom Bastian says the decision to give furloughed federal employees back pay for their time off has put Missouri in a state of uncertainty.

Missouri law requires the employer to repay the state in a back payment situation but Bastian says that statute was made for private employers.

The Missouri Department of Labor is awaiting guidance from the federal government on what to do next.

Missouri Republican Chairman Ed Martin says state and federal governments should not allow a loophole for federal workers to collect two checks.

“There is a point though where the state and federal government fall back on either confusion or a lack of direction in the face of common sense,” Martin said.

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