Furloughs at Fermilab
Latest Furlough Questions & Answers
Answers to questions (posted on March 13, 2008)
Will the furloughs stop on October 1 with the start of the new fiscal year? If so, is this something we can count on?
While there can be no guarantees for a federally funded laboratory, the director's plan is that the furlough program will stop on October 1, 2008. The laboratory's financial plans put forth to DOE for fiscal year 2009 do not depend on a furlough.
H1-B Visa Holders
As an H1-B visa holder, how should I complete my monthly leave sheet to show absences from the lab?
Since H-1B employees are part time employees and not within the furlough program, the only absences that need to be shown are vacation and sick leave (i.e. paid time off). Since each H-1B employee has an agreed weekly work schedule, if a vacation or sick leave day (or half day) is taken, then the number of hours in that scheduled day (or half day) should be shown as “V” or “S” on the monthly leave sheet.
For example, let’s assume the employee has agreed that he or she will work nine hours on each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and five or six hours each Thursday. If a vacation day is taken on a Monday, the notation on the leave sheet for that day should be “V-9 hrs.” If a half day of sick leave is taken on a Wednesday, the notation for that day should be “S-4.5hrs”. This will allow Payroll to accurately charge the employee’s vacation/sick leave accruals according to the amount of paid time off used.
How will holidays be paid for H-1B visa holders?
Holidays will be paid as for any other part time employee – if the holiday falls on a day the H-1B employee is scheduled to work, holiday pay will be provided and the employee has no obligation to be at work; if the holiday falls on a day the employee is not scheduled to work, no holiday pay will be provided.
As an H1-B visa holder, how much vacation time should I use by the end of September, 2008?
Vacation accrual for H-1B employees will be prorated at the reduced part-time rate. The reduced, prorated amount should be used by the end of September 2008. Each employee’s vacation balance on the last pay advice of September 2008 must be equal to or less than his or her balance on the last pay advice of January 2008. In order to count toward the September 30, 2008 balance, employees must take vacation by September 21, 2008, due to time and leave-sheet cutoff dates.
How and when will the vacation and sick leave balances for H-1B employees be adjusted?
The difference between part-time and full-time accrual values for both sick leave and vacation will be credited to H-1B employee accounts during October, 2008.
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