Friday will mark the first time many federal employees will not see a paycheck due to the partial government shutdown.  However, many businesses, like utility companies and even banks, are cutting these workers a bit of a break.  

NV Energy is working with customers who are federal government workers by protecting their accounts during the shutdown. That includes not applying late fees, making sure their credit scores are not affected by this and allowing them the time they need to pay balances off when the government reopens. They suggest any federal employees who are also customers of NV Energy contact them immediately to make arrangements. That can be done at their website here, or by calling 775-843-4444. 

A representative for Wells Fargo sent us this statement: 

"Wells Fargo is here to support Northern Nevadans who are impacted by the government shutdown.

During the shutdown, Wells Fargo will be automatically reversing monthly service and overdraft/non-sufficient fund fees for a customer who is an employee of an affected federal government agency and whose payroll check was direct deposited into the customer’s account in November 2018.  In addition, we will work with customers who do not have direct deposit or are not receiving an automatic fee reversal on an individual basis to assist them. Customers can contact us at 1-800-TO-WELLS or at the number on their credit card, debit card or statement.

For customers who are having difficulties making their loan payments, we also can work with them to identify short- or long-term assistance options that may be available to help them get through this difficult time."

Chase has similar efforts:

"Customers can find out about Chase’s hardship programs by calling the special care line at 1-888-356-0023.

Chase offers hardship programs to customers broadly who have been affected by unemployment, financial strain or natural disasters, including potentially:

  • Waiving or refunding late fees
  • Extending payments on car loans and leases
  • Protecting customers’ credit histories

“We’re here for our government worker customers whose pay may be disrupted,” said Thasunda Duckett, CEO of Consumer Banking at Chase.  “We all hope this will be resolved soon.”   

Since December 24, Chase has been automatically waiving or refunding overdraft and monthly service fees on Chase checking and savings accounts if an employee’s salary from an affected federal agency was direct-deposited into the account in November, 2018."