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In order to qualify for the interest-free assistance, workers need to be a federal employee with a PayPal and PayPal credit account in good standing; otherwise, they can apply for a PayPal credit account, which is subject to credit approval.
The online-payment company said it would take up to three business days to deposit the cash advance into workers’ accounts.
There’s still no end in sight to the 28-day shutdown, which began on Dec. 22. Although three-fourths of the government remains open, about 800,000 employees are feeling the effects; nearly half have been sent home on unpaid leave, while a little more than half are working without pay.
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Employees who work through the shutdown will be paid back for their work, but it’s uncertain whether those who have been furloughed will be paid.
Five federal institution regulators and state regulators have also urged banks to work with consumers impacted by the shutdown. Although effects are likely to be temporary, affected borrowers can face time-sensitive hardships, such as making payments on debts including mortgages, student loans, car loans, business loans or credit cards.