This depends on the terms of the benefits plan and how much of a reduction in hours the furlough causes.Why are employees paid during a furlough day?
Additional constraints on the employee's freedom could require this time to be compensated. Employees who perform part or all of their normal job duties during a furlough day are working while performing such duties. Are the rules for paying furloughed employees different for State and local governments?Do you have to use PTO during a furlough?
Can employers require employees to use vacation time or PTO during furloughs? Yes. Ordinarily, employers can require employees to use PTO during business shutdowns. However, if employers plan to do so, they should have a written policy in place that provides for such compulsory use.What is the rule for public sector furloughs?
For salaried exempt employees, in the case of public sector employees, a specific rule applies to furloughs as described in the following regulatory text, 29 C.F.R. 541.710 :