UA Could Furlough 100 Employees Because Of Government Shutdown

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The partial government shutdown in Washington, D.C., could force the University of Arkansas to furlough as many as 100 campus employees this week, according to a statement released Monday by the university.

University officials are reviewing faculty and staff to determine who may receive unpaid leave because of paychecks that may wholly or partially use federal funds, according to the university.

Campus officials initiated the review following Gov. Mike Beebe’s directive to state entities that “any programs or employees that are wholly or partially dependent on federal funding and cannot draw on those federal funds during the shutdown are to be suspended until its conclusion,” according to the university’s statement.

The university has requested an exemption from the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration “to allow funds to be drawn to support programs in which the funding source is still available,” said Jim Rankin, vice provost for research and economic development.

If the exemption is approved, UA employees who are being paid with money from federal agencies allowing exemptions would not be furloughed, according to the university.

Furloughed employees’ health care benefits would expire after October. Furloughed employees are not allowed to use vacation time to cover the lost income, according to the university’s statement.