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David A. Paterson
GOVERNOR
 
STATE OF NEW YORK
EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT
DIVISION OF THE BUDGETSTATE CAPITOLALBANY, NEW YORK 12224
Robert L. Megna
Director of the Budget
 
BUDGET BULLETIN B-1189 May 4, 2010TO: ALL DEPARTMENT AND AGENCY HEADSFROM: Robert L. MegnaSUBJECT: Furlough (Reduction in Work Schedule)
In order to achieve savings during a period of historic fiscal difficulties, theState anticipates enactment of a mandatory furlough program which will continueuntil there is an enacted budget in place. This bulletin provides guidance for theadministration of this program.These guidelines apply to employees in Executive branch agencies. Thework week for all employees (annual and non-annual salaried) who are not inpositions that have been exempted from the furlough will be subject to a one-fifthreduction. In no case, however, will Management/Confidential employees oremployees who are 100 percent federally funded be subject to this program.Under this program, employees in positions subject to the furlough mustbe scheduled for a work week reduction of one-fifth, with a commensuratereduction in wages and salary, between May 17 and May 23, 2010 (subject toenactment, this furlough program will continue in subsequent emergency periodsuntil a budget is enacted). That is, on one otherwise scheduled work daybetween May 17 and May 23, 2010, employees will not come to work and will notget paid. Note that a furlough day could occur on Saturday, May 22 or Sunday,May 23 if such day is a regularly scheduled work day for an employee andcomparable savings will accrue. Paychecks will be reduced commensurate withthe reduction in work week commencing in the paycheck covering the period inwhich the reduced work week occurred. Appointing authorities are expected touse discretion to determine appropriate scheduling to mitigate disruption tooperations and services.Agencies should work with their budget examiner to identify titles that maybe exempt because they provide direct health care services or are engaged incertain security functions. Agencies are encouraged to extend the furloughprogram to positions in such titles if they can maximize savings and maintain

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