Clemson University recently announced they would have to furlough thousands of employees, as a result of the vast financial impacts of the ongoing pandemic.
The furlough began on September 1st and will continue until the end of 2020. The mandatory furlough program will impact at least half of Clemson’s full-time employees across the state of South Carolina.
Approximately 3,022 employees will be furloughed for a combined total of 10,873 days. Employees who are furloughed will still receive healthcare, retirement, and any other benefits.
According to Clemson University, “Contracted employees who are not mandatory participants in the furlough program will take a pay reduction equivalent to their comparable salary bracket in the mandatory furlough program.”
In addition to the current furlough, the university is also in a hiring freeze.
Some Clemson employees, including President Clements and athletic employees, have taken a voluntary pay cut of at least 10 percent in reduced compensation.
This mandatory furlough highlights the ongoing financial struggles of individuals, organizations, and institutions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.