University of Wisconsin–Madison

Furlough Chart

Important Update:  This furlough chart has been updated to reflect the fact that—effective April 16, 2021—furlough obligations have been reduced by one day (8-hour equivalent) for all faculty and staff participating in Round Two of Campus-wide, Intermittent Furlough.

Most employees will take unpaid furlough time between May 15, 2020, and June 30, 2021, in two rounds. Round One began on May 15, 2020, and ended on October 31, 2020. Round Two began on January 1, 2021 and ends on June 30, 2021.

Round One (May 15–October 31, 2020)

Annual Pay Rate 12-Month Appointment Furlough Days 9-Month Appointment Furlough Days
Less than $50,000 3 2
$50,000–$80,000 4 3
$80,001–$150,000 5 4
More than $150,000 6 5

Round Two (January 1–June 30, 2021)

Annual Pay Rate 12-Month Appointment Furlough Days 9-Month Appointment Furlough Days
Less than $50,000 3 2 2 1
$50,000–$80,000 4 3 3 2
$80,001–$150,000 5 4 4 3
More than $150,000 6 5 5 4

The number of furlough days is based on an employee’s annual pay rate.

Each furlough day equals 8 hours of leave without pay (e.g., 4 days of furlough equals 32 hours).

For those employees with a Round One furlough balance after October 31, remaining furlough time had to be taken before December 31, 2020. Round Two furlough time must be taken by June 30, 2021 (or May 16, 2021, for nine-month appointments only). Any unused furlough time that remains after December 31, 2020 (for Round One) or June 30, 2021 (for Round Two) will be zeroed out or collected through a reduction in earnings.

The reduction in the furlough obligation by one day (8-hour equivalent) for all faculty and staff, announced on April 16, 2021, may result in negative furlough balances for some employees who are having their pay reduced as furlough time is taken. If an employee has already taken unpaid furlough time that exceeds their revised furlough obligation, they will receive a reimbursement for the difference. More information will be provided to affected employees in the coming weeks.