UWM faces unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The top priority is the health and safety of students, faculty and staff while planning fall classes, ramping up research activities and continuing to engage meaningfully with the community…. Read More
UW System allows three types of furloughs: position-specific furloughs, intermittent furloughs and voluntary furloughs. Position-Specific Furloughs Position-specific furloughs (PSFs) apply to employees unable to work right now or in current non-critical positions, but who are expected to return to work… Read More
Yes. In his message to campus about intermittent furloughs, Chancellor Mark Mone announced that he will take a 10% pay cut in the 2020-21 academic year. Provost Johannes Britz will also take a 10% pay cut, while all vice chancellors will take… Read More
UWM has scheduled intermittent furlough days for employees over a 13-month period starting in June, with a sliding scale based on salary and whether an employee has a 12-month or nine-month appointment. For instance, 12-month employees who make less than… Read More
The hiring freeze announced by Chancellor Mone is not affected by UWM’s furlough plans. Yes, positions that are in an active recruitment should be passed through the process to reaffirm they should continue to be filled. HR business partners/preps are… Read More
A position-specific furlough (PSF) is a continuous unpaid leave of absence designated for specific positions. Position-specific furloughs (PSFs) apply to employees unable to work right now or in current non-critical positions, but who are expected to return to work when… Read More
The plan was discontinued because, relatively speaking, it was a more expensive way to accommodate early retirements, with savings not being realized until future fiscal years. Although UWM was aware of those VSIP costs, budget modeling prior to the COVID-19… Read More
No. Employees will not be forced to retire.
Yes, and UWM would continue to pay the employer portion of health insurance premiums.
No, vacation and other forms of leave may not be used during furlough. However, a furlough will not affect an employee’s leave time accrual.
UW System has posted its interim policy here, as well as several FAQs related to furloughs, which you can find here.
The freeze on compensation adjustments announced in March relates to individual requests, including raises for merit, expanded duties and other reasons. The freeze does not apply to promotional increments or January 2021 compensation plan increases, which are still planned.