District attorney offices across the state will take across the board furloughs, starting this month.
The Prosecuting Attorney’s Council announced last week that budget cuts and declining revenue have resulted in the decision to take furloughs.
State-paid employees of district attorney offices and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Council staff will be furloughed one day per month. Those employees must take one day of unpaid leave each month.
The district attorney in each circuit will determine which days their employees will take as a furlough. The furlough may be taken by all on the same day or individually at the convenience of the district attorney and the employee.
The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that the furlough be enforced and that no employee be allowed to work on the day of the furlough. Employees may not volunteer their day to the office and records must be kept to show the days worked by all employees, whether or not they are F.L.S.A. exempt.
Employees who are paid from another funding source — such as county-paid staff and child support assistants — are not affected by the furlough.