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Clarification and Reminders Regarding University of Minnesota Furlough Title

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Over the past few months, questions have been surfacing about the mandatory furlough and office closure that is happening at the University of Minnesota this winter. The University will be closed the week between the Christmas and New Year holidays (see the Economy and U website for dates University campuses will be closed over the holidays).  Extension regional offices that are located on coordinate campuses should follow their campus closure dates.  All other Extension regional offices should follow the Twin Cities campus closure dates.  

County offices will not necessarily close during the holiday closure dates; however, regardless of whether the county office is open or closed, the furlough is mandatory for CSBU staff and they should not work during the campus closure dates.

All University civil service and bargaining unit staff (CSBU) are required to take a mandatory, unpaid, three-day (twenty-four hour) furlough during the closure period.  The reduction in pay for these mandatory furlough days will be reflected on the check received January 12, 2011. Supervisors have the latitude to change the actual furlough days if absolutely necessary for program reasons.  Payroll documentation is necessary; send completed forms to Leslee Mason, Extension Human Resources.

During the closure, the heating in University campus buildings will be greatly reduced to save on utilities and other costs and there will be minimal or no staff working during these days in most offices. University professional and administrative faculty and staff (P&A) are strongly discouraged from working on campus unless they are required by their supervisor or responsible administrator to report to the worksite or if their research programs require daily attention.  P&A staff should consult with their supervisor or responsible administrator regarding how to continue to fulfill job duties within the context of their appointment during the temporary holiday closure.  Or, they may elect to use vacation days if they intend to use this time for personal reasons. Supervisors are responsible for documenting work plans or vacation time during the closure. 

Extension staff may also elect to take additional, optional voluntary furlough days with supervisory approval.  For more information, read Voluntary Furlough , Extension enews, July 1, 2010.

Leslee Mason
Human Resources Director

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