As outlined in Dr. Tromp’s April 20, 2020 email, the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has had a significant financial impact on Boise State University. Like all institutions across the country, Boise State has suffered staggering losses – approximately $10 million to date – as a result of the pandemic.
The University is deploying many cost cutting measures. Dr. Tromp implemented a hiring freeze in early March, which was soon followed by a state-mandated hiring freeze. This freeze was paired with “future-facing” planning efforts that asked each unit to imagine how it might become more efficient and effective in the future by reshaping their organization. Additionally, the organization is aggressively exploring additional cost-cutting measures, such as reducing utility costs and holding expenditures related to travel, continuing education, and other expenses. The University continues to look actively for new ways to cut operating costs and generate revenues, and several working groups are assigned to specific projects on that front. If you have ideas for how the University can save money and trim budgets, please submit your ideas using the University Money Saving Ideas Form.
The University is also implementing mandatory furloughs, with an option for employees to elect to take additional, voluntary furlough days. A furlough is an unpaid leave of absence from work for a specific period of time. It is different from a layoff in that an employee remains employed and maintains benefits (see below), but is not being paid because the employee is not working. We know any unpaid time is a burden, which is why the organization is looking at many other cost-cutting measures and is trying to limit the number of mandatory furlough days.
BOISE STATE FURLOUGH PLAN
The Boise State Furlough Plan includes the following phases:
- Mandatory furloughs based on earnings.
- Voluntary furloughs.
- Possible additional mandatory furlough days.
The sections below explain the Boise State Furlough Plan followed by detailed guidance. Please contact Human Resources at (208) 426-1616 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or for any needed assistance.
Mandatory Furloughs Based on Earnings
All staff and 12-month faculty (including administrative faculty, but not faculty who are teaching part time over the summer), subject to certain exceptions, who earn more than $40,000 per year will take furlough days between May 3 and July 31, 2020. Specifically, the number of mandatory furlough days is based on the employee’s current base salary according to the schedule below:
- Annual salary of $150,000 or more – 10 furlough days
- Annual salary of $100,000 – $149,999 – 7 furlough days
- Annual salary of $75,000 – $99,999 – 5 furlough days
- Annual salary of $40,000 – $74,999 – 4 furlough days
Furloughs need to be taken in full-day increments. Furlough days are self selected by filling out the Mandatory Furlough Form by May 1, 2020. After May 1, 2020, furlough days will be selected for individuals who have not completed the Mandatory Furlough Form.
Voluntary Furlough and Payroll Deduction
]In addition, all employees (faculty, professional, classified) have the opportunity to sign up for Voluntary Furlough days in one-day increments or contribute a portion of their pay through payroll deduction. The voluntary furlough days must be taken by July 31, 2020.
Additional Mandatory Furloughs
If the University does not achieve sufficient savings in the first two phases, additional, mandatory furloughs will be considered.
Last Updated: May 7, 2020.