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Latest Furlough Questions & Answers

Answers to questions (posted on February 6, 2008)

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General

Can I come into the office while on furlough to request and/or pick up my Low Earnings report? Can I get a Low Earnings report the week before my scheduled furlough?

Payroll will provide a Low Earnings Report after the pay stub has been issued that includes your furlough deduction. It cannot be issued before you take your furlough. If you are on furlough the week you would like to receive your Low Earnings Report, yes, you may visit the Payroll Department with your stub and they will issue the Low Earnings Report.

Will the Reduction in Force (RIF) at Fermilab qualify under the WARN Act for a 60 day notice or per our policies of 2 weeks?

The details of the RIF are still being determined.

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Scheduling Furlough Days

Once I've submitted my furlough form, will I be able to change the requested dates?

It is up to your departmental guidelines for scheduling time off and up to supervisory approval. Supervisors are encouraged to make reasonable efforts to accommodate furlough schedule requests.

What law governs the restrictions on the furloughs? That is, where does it say that exempt employees would have to take a Monday through Friday furlough to not jeopardize their exempt status?

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires exempt employees to be paid on a “salary basis.” Being paid on a “salary basis” means an employee regularly receives a predetermined amount of compensation each pay period on a weekly, or less frequent, basis. The predetermined amount cannot be reduced because of variations in the quality or quantity of the employee’s work. Subject to certain exceptions, an exempt employee must receive the full salary for any week in which the employee performs any work, regardless of the number of days or hours worked. Exempt employees do not need to be paid for any workweek in which they perform no work. If the employer makes deductions from an employee’s predetermined salary, i.e., because of the operating requirements of the business, that employee is not paid on a “salary basis.”

Who is the furlough coordinator for my division?

The furlough coordinators in the divisions, sections and centers at Fermilab are:

AD - Traci Langford
APC - Margie Bruce
BSS - Mari Mendez
CD – Griselda Lopez
CMS - Terry Grozis
Dir - Monica Sasse (Mary Tolian – backup)
ES&H - Elizabeth Bancroft (Minnie Koch – backup)
FESS - Odarka Jurkiw (Pat Lesiak – backup)
FI - Pat Oleck
FCPA - Sue Schultz
PPD - Sue Schultz
TD - LaDaune Trierweiler (Dave Harding – backup)
WDRS - Christine Johnson (Linda Christiansen – backup)

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Pay and Deductions from Pay

What code do we use on our timesheets to reflect the furlough time?

Weekly timesheets: use FUW
Monthly Leave sheets: use FUR

The number of hours should be reported like you report vacation or sick hours, entering the number in the "Other Paid Hours" section and entering the code in the "Other Codes" section.

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