31K state employees taking temporary layoff days

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Posted at 11:28 AM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 11:39:38-04

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan said 31,000, or nearly two-thirds, of state employees will take temporary layoff days through late July as the state confronts a budget shortfall amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday the state will participate in a federal “work-share” program.

It lets employees work fewer hours but collect partial unemployment benefits to make up a portion of lost wages.

For many, the furloughs will be two layoff days per two-week pay period.

They will start Sunday and go through July 25.

Higher-level managers will take one layoff day every other pay period — a 5% pay cut.

“As we continue to combat COVID-19, it’s clear that we’re facing unprecedented challenges that will lead to serious budget implications for the state of Michigan,” Whitmer said.

“Utilizing this federal program keeps state employees working, so they can continue to provide critical services to Michiganders and protects their paychecks, so they can continue to support their families.”