Furloughs at Fermilab
Latest Furlough Questions & Answers
Answers to questions (updated on April 22, 2008)
Fermilab Today gave us the URL to access the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) Web site. IDES gives people the option to certify over the Internet the first day of unemployment. I do not own a computer. May I come to Fermilab on the first day of my furlough to use a Fermilab computer to access the IDES Web site to file for unemployment? Then I would leave. Would this be against Fermilab's computing and/or furlough policies?
Employees are not allowed in their work areas while on furlough so you would not be able to use your Fermilab computer until you returned to work. As an alternative, public libraries in many communities have computers for general use.
Our understanding from IDES is that the employee needs to apply for benefits in person or online while on furlough. Please note, IDES follows a Sunday-Saturday week, so you may file between Monday and Saturday of your furlough week. If you find that you missed your opportunity to apply, please contact your local IDES office to check on your options to apply for benefits in the future.
Pay and Deductions from Pay
Q: I took my furlough the week of March 24, 2008. However, I was paid my full salary on my March monthly check. So not to mess up the unemployment benefits, should I write a check and give the extra amount back to FNAL?
A: No, you do not owe the laboratory for your March furlough time. Your March pay is correct. Furlough taken after the leave sheet cutoff date of March 21 will be deducted from your April pay. That is the pay stub that should be used when dealing with the Illinois Department of Employment Security for unemployment compensation purposes.
For employees who report time via Fermi Time and Labor (FTL), furlough taken after the FTL cutoff date, which is the third Sunday of the month, will be deducted from the following month's paycheck.
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