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Voluntary furlough program to be considered Aug. 11 for Apache Junction school district employees

Independent Newsmedia
Posted 8/8/20

A furlough program allowing employees to volunteer for unpaid temporary leave of absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic --- with participants eligible to apply for unemployment compensation --- is …

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Education

Voluntary furlough program to be considered Aug. 11 for Apache Junction school district employees

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A furlough program allowing employees to volunteer for unpaid temporary leave of absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic --- with participants eligible to apply for unemployment compensation  --- is slated to be considered Tuesday by the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board.

The Governing Board will meet at 6 p.m. for a work session Aug. 11 at 1575 W. Southern Ave. Members of the Governing Board will attend in person or by telephone, video or Internet conference.

The voluntary pandemic furlough would continue until Dec. 26, 2020, or until recall, resignation or permanent reduction-in-force is done, according to the draft minutes of the Governing Board’s July 28 meeting.

All staff members would be eligible to apply for program participation, with employees in essential, critical or hard-to-fill positions, or with critical knowledge or skills, possibly not being approved to participate. The approval of the site administration/department head and Human Resources will be required, it states.

During the temporary furlough period the employee, according to the July 28 meeting’s minutes:
• Does not perform work for AJUSD and receives no pay.
• Remains a district employee.
• Continues to comply with all provisions of the employee handbook.
• Is eligible to apply for unemployment compensation.
• Is eligible for Federal CARES Act supplement if approved.
• Continues to receive AJUSD contribution toward benefits.
• Retains vacation and general leave, but accrues no new time.

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