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Latest Furlough Questions & Answers

Answers to questions (posted on February 22, 2008)

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General

Are the lost wages due to furlough considered a tax write-off for next year’s income tax filing?

The wages will not be included in the employee's W-2 form at the end of the year. This means you will have less income to pay taxes on. No write-off is necessary.

Is the Fermilab furlough week schedule (defined as Monday to Sunday) in agreement with Illinois Department of Employment Security definition of unemployment week? What dates will be stated in "Low Earnings Report” (starting Sunday or Monday)?

The Laboratory's work week is not the same as the IDES unemployment week. For the Low Earnings Report, salary and wages will be allocated over the days an employee is scheduled to work. If you work a normal Monday - Friday schedule, the earnings for either definition of "week" will be the same. Payroll will determine whether Sunday is a scheduled work day for each employee before preparing the Low Earnings Report and will adjust earnings to report based on the IDES week if there is a difference.

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Scheduling Furlough Days

As a weekly employee, can I take 5 furlough days in one pay period? I realize this will result in a net pay of $0 and place medical, dental, life insurance, and long-term disability into arrears, which will be deducted in the next pay period.

Weekly employees may take only 4 furlough days in each two-month furlough period. There are, however, two weeks where it will be possible to take 5 furlough days in a row if you have your supervisors approval: March 31 - April 4 (one day in the February-March period and 4 days in the April-May period), and July 28 - August 1 (4 days in the June-July period and 1 day in the August-September period). You are correct that most deductions would be put in arrears and collected in the following pay period.

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Pay and Deductions from Pay

How should holders of H1-B visas report time off on their monthly leave usage sheets? Do you want to see anything at all for days not worked? Will the correct amount for the month be calculated on the basis of their being part time employees, so no days should be marked as furlough?

During the furlough, this group of employees is classified as part-time employees and their pay will be delivered as a proportion of full time (88.4%). H1-B holders who are monthly employees should complete their Monthly Leave Sheets just as they have in the past - they should show paid time off (i.e. vacation and sick leave) and should not reflect any "furlough" time.

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