May 20, 2009
Flexible Furlough Update from Human Resources
Governor Beverly Purdue implemented a Flexible Furlough on April 28, 2009,
which mandates that all University employees, regardless of the funding
source for their pay, will receive a 0.5% reduction in their annual base
salary. Because this reduction takes place during the last two months
of the fiscal year, the 0.5% reductions equates to a 3% reduction of your
monthly salary in each of the months of May and June.
In return for
the salary reduction, employees will be given 10 hours of flexible time off
(pro-rated for part-time employees) which, according to the Executive Order
must be taken between June 1 and December 31, 2009. This time will be
forfeited if not taken by December 31, and will not be paid out if an
employee separates from the university.
are new developments in the flexible furlough
as of May 18, 2009:
Governor's Office has approved a special request from UNC President
Erskine Bowles and will allow University employees to take their 10
hours of flexible furlough leave beginning May 15, 2009, which is two
weeks ahead of the original schedule.
employees may begin taking their flexible furlough leave immediately.
All leave must still be used by December 31, 2009 or it will be forfeited.
supervisor must approve all furlough leave. Employees should utilize the
Flexible Furlough Leave Form to request leave. The form should be
attached to the employee’s time/leave report. Time/leave reports have been
updated to accommodate a code (“X”) for the furlough leave. Updated
time/leave reports can be found on the Human Resources website at
Purdue signed House Bill 917 on May 18, which protects employees’
retirement and health insurance benefits for the duration of the
Flexible Furlough. This means retirement contributions, employee and
employer, will be paid on the employee’s full salary, rather than the
reduced salary. We do not yet have full details regarding how this
process will be handled but will provide additional information as soon
as it is made available to us.
Resources Department continues to get information regarding the furlough
from the Office of State Personnel, the Office of State Budget and
Management, General Administration and Central Payroll. We will continue to
keep you apprised of new developments as they occur.