Tag: furlough

Question: Regarding the government shutdown, we are a federal contractor and need to know how furloughed exempt employees should be paid this week. They all worked on Monday, September 30th, but starting October 1st they are not supposed to report to the job site or do any work. Answer: At this time we are advising…

Question:   Is it considered a furlough if a full time employee is receiving payment for benefit premiums while on leave until more work becomes available? Answer: This could either be a furlough or a temporary layoff status, both of which are generally considered a form of “leave”. Typically the difference between a furlough and a…

Question: Can an employer require that an employee take 2 weeks off unpaid each year? Answer: Yes.  When employers are looking for ways to cut costs due to slow times in their operations, many do use mandatory “furloughs” as a means to cut costs without cutting jobs.   This is an acceptable employment practice as long…