DENVER (AP) – Governor Jared Polis says federal workers in Colorado who must work without pay through the government's shutdown can now apply for unemployment.
The Denver Post reported Friday that Polis signed an emergency rule that makes all unpaid federal employees eligible, whether or not they report to work.
Air traffic controllers, Transportation Security Administration workers and IRS employees have been labeled as essential and can not be suspended. That made them ineligible for state unemployment benefits.
All federal workers who receive unemployment will have to reimburse them after they recover their lost wages and will have to look for work to continue receiving benefits.
Officials at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment say more than 2,000 federal workers without permits have already applied for unemployment benefits in the state.