What are UWM’s overall employee furlough plans?

August 31, 2020

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 when operations resume. It is important to note that these employees will remain in employment status and be eligible to continue their health insurance benefits. Faculty members are not eligible for PSFs. UWM began applying these types of furloughs in two groups.

  • The first group of employees were placed on PSFs beginning May 2, 2020, through Aug. 31, 2020. Employees who fall into this group were to be notified by April 24, 2020. These include employees whose work cannot be performed remotely, who are not designated as essential to current on-site operations, and who are in units most impacted by UWM’s immediate financial losses.
  • The second group of employees placed on PSFs includes employees who are performing duties and responsibilities remotely that are not mission-critical at the present time. This group of employees were placed on position-specific furloughs beginning May 16, 2020, through Aug. 31, 2020. Employees in this group were to be notified by May 9, 2020. Due to campus needs, some employees may be identified later than May 16, 2020, and be furloughed for a different period of time. These furloughs will help achieve budgetary savings and mitigate UWM’s overall anticipated losses.
  • You can find more information on UWM’s position-specific furloughs in the guidelines on this webpage.

Intermittent Furloughs

UWM also will implement an intermittent furlough plan for employees beginning June 19, 2020 and running through June 30, 2021. Intermittent furloughs may be extended or expanded as the situation requires.

Intermittent furloughs will not apply to:

  • UWM employees on a H1-B or E-3 visas
  • graduate assistants (TAs, GAs and RAs)
  • student employees
  • post-doctoral fellows
  • non-FTE appointments
  • externally-funded positions, such as those funded by grants

Otherwise, here are more details about the intermittent furloughs:

2019-20 school year

All 12-month employees took one furlough day on June 19, 2020.

2020-21 school year

Twelve-month employees will take the following furlough days, based on base earnings:

  • $15/hour or less, and all exceptions listed above: 0 furlough days
  • Over $15/hour, up to $99,999 per year: 8 furlough days (3.08% pay reduction over one year)
  • $100,000 to $174,999: 12 furlough days (4.62% pay reduction over one year)
  • $175,000 and up: 16 furlough days (6.16% pay reduction over one year)

Nine-month employees will take the following furlough days, based on base earnings:

  • $15/hour or less, and all exceptions listed above: 0 furlough days
  • Up to $99,999 per year: 6 furlough days (2.82% pay reduction over 9 months)
  • $100,000 to $174,999: 9 furlough days (4.23% pay reduction over 9 months)
  • $175,000 and up: 12 furlough days (5.64% pay reduction over 9 months)

There are some exemptions and possible modifications, which can be found in the General Information section of this intermittent furlough guide from Human Resources.

2020-21 Intermittent Furlough Dates

For 12-month employees:

  • Friday, July 3, 2020
  • Friday, August 21, 2020
  • Friday, October 30, 2020
  • Friday, November 27, 2020
  • Monday, December 28, 2020
  • Friday, January 22, 2021
  • Friday, March 26, 2021
  • Friday, May 28, 2021

For 9-month employees:

  • Monday, August 31, 2020
  • Friday, November 27, 2020
  • Monday, December 28, 2020
  • Friday, January 22, 2021
  • Friday, March 26, 2021
  • Friday, May 14, 2021

Employees who are required to take more than the dates listed above may set their own additional furlough dates; however, no more than one furlough day (or two half-days) may be taken in any two-week pay period. Human Resources will ask affected employees to designate in writing their planned additional furlough dates no later than September 1, 2020. These dates will be entered as unpaid work dates and may not be changed without approval of Human Resources.

Paychecks

Human Resources has put together a chart that shows which paychecks will be affected by the intermittent furlough days and the expected reduction for each affected check.

 

Visit the detailed Human Resources guide on intermittent furloughs for more information.

Voluntary Furloughs

The third type of furlough is a voluntary furlough. This involves a request initiated by an employee in writing that must be approved by the institution. More details on any implementation of voluntary furloughs will be provided at a later date.

See also: UW System interim furlough policy