This furlough plan describes the rights of regular employees and responsibilities of the University in regard to leave without pay for a preset number of hours during each pay period covered by the plan.
The organizational units within WSU as defined for purposes of furlough are as follows:
The geographical area is a description of any geographic areas to which the furloughs will be limited. This is not limited to Sedgwick County and should include the entire domain of WSU.
If the University deems it necessary by reason of shortage of funds, it may furlough without pay all employees in the university support staff in designated classes, organizational units, geographical areas or any combination of those groups unless specific funding sources necessitate exceptions. "Furlough" shall be defined as leave without pay for a preset number of hours during each pay period covered by the furlough plan. An employee's social security and retirement contributions shall be affected under a furlough but all other benefits, including the accrual of vacation and sick leave, shall continue, notwithstanding other guidance to the contrary. A furlough shall not affect an employee's continuous service, length of service, pay increase anniversary date, or eligibility for authorized holiday leave or pay.
If feasible, at least 60 calendar days before the date a furlough is to be implemented, the University shall prepare a furlough plan and submit it to the Director of Human Resources, specifying the following information:
In no case shall the furlough process be used as a disciplinary action against an employee.5. Summary
This policy statement will be included in the WSU Policies and Procedures Manual and will be distributed to the Director of Human Resources for dissemination and implementation.
June 8, 2014