UW-Madison to mandate staff furloughs over the next six months

UW Madison has announced a series of progressive, unpaid furloughs beginning May 15.

The furloughs will range from three days to six days over the next six months,UW Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank announced Wednesday.

The furloughs will begin no earlier than May 15 and run through Oct. 31, 2020.

A furlough is mandated unpaid leave and is not a layoff or non-renewal. Employees retain their job and, when back in work status, have full access to their accrued benefits, according to Blank's statement.

The policy will apply to most employees, including those on grant or other non-101 funding. We will exempt graduate assistant, post-doctoral, temporary and student employees and non-FTE appointments.

Employees earning over $150,000 will take six days of furlough over the next six months (a 4.6% reduction per month).

Those earning between $80,001 and $150,000 will take five days (a 3.8% reduction per month), those earning between $50,000 and $80,000 will take four days (a 3.1% reduction per month), and employees earning under $50,000 will take three days of furlough during the six months between May and October (a 2.3% reduction per month).

The number of furlough days will be adjusted for those with 9-month appointments, so they bear a similar salary reduction over the course of the year as others with the same annual income.

To read more go to WKOW https://wkow.com/2020/04/29/uw-madison-to-mandate-staff-furloughs-over-the-next-six-months/

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