Each MSP unit member will take a five (5) working day furlough prior to the Spring 2021 semester. The total value of the furlough shall be calculated as 1/38.7th of one’s individual base annual salary for the FY 21 academic year exclusive of any stipends or other compensation earned. A five (5) day furlough for faculty members employed over the academic year equates to a 2.6% decrease in base rate pay compensation. A five (5) day furlough for unit members employed on a 12-month basis equates to a 1.9% decrease in base rate pay compensation. The furlough shall be taken during a period that does not infringe on the faculty member’s ability to perform teaching duties. Unit members choosing this option shall retain their benefits and may still participate in Winter Session teaching if desired. The furlough may be taken in a week long increment, or on intermittent days and the MSP unit member shall inform his/her Department Chair and College Dean when he/she will be taking the furlough day(s). NOTE: Faculty who elect this option cannot use other university funds to compensate themselves while on furlough.
One Additional Course Teach the equivalent of one additional course (equivalent of a 3-credit course as part of their in-load teaching workload in FY 2021, in consultation with and agreed upon by the department chair and dean to identify an appropriate course, inclusive of GPS (includes FY21 GPS for Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer). Furthermore, for those electing to teach the additional course in the spring, the enrollment in that additional course will not exceed 125% of the enrollment cap the last time the course was offered (pre-pandemic). Faculty with concerns about their identified additional course assignment may consult with the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.
No, for the one-week (or five individual days) while you are on furlough, you will be in unpaid status and cannot use paid sick time under FMLA or apply the Families First leave pay.
HR will be coordinating with the college deans to gather information on the option faculty have selected. For those on furlough, the input of furlough days will be done centrally in HR/Payroll.
Yes. As long as it is no later than Jan. 30, 2021.
No, the State Board allows unpaid furloughs of up to 20 days with no impact on service credit.
No. The primary purpose of the furlough is to provide salary savings to the university’s operating budget for FY21. Grant-funded research faculty salaries are paid from grants, not from the university’s operating budget.
If you have questions about any of this information, please contact Kim Casey, Director of Compensation & Benefits at 978-934-3557 or Hilary Clark, Director of HR Operations and Payroll at 978-934-3534. For questions on unemployment or UMass Lowell benefits, please contact the Benefits Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-934-4100.