Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | September 2, 2010

Kentucky environmental attorney Sanders says times are truly tough in Frankfort and even the KY Lottery is subject to furlough because of state budget woes.

Sign of the Upcoming Apocalypse: the Kentucky Lottery headquarters and regional offices will be closed Friday, September 3, in observance of a statewide furlough day – a budget balancing measure. The closure does not apply to Kentucky Lottery retailers or ticket sales. The Kentucky Lottery office will also be closed on Monday, September 6, in observance of Labor Day.

A furlough is a temporary reduction of work hours due to a lack of funds.  It is a form of leave without pay and employees cannot use accrued leave (such as sick, annual, or compensatory leave). 

From July 2010-June 2011, employees will be furloughed a total of 6 days, spread over the 12-month fiscal year.  Employees are guaranteed they will be furloughed no more than 1 day per month, and no more than 3 days in a 6-month period.  All state executive branch merit and non-merit employees, including the Governor and all cabinet secretaries, will be furloughed.   This does not apply to employees of the legislative or judicial branch, universities, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) or school districts.  Furloughed days are broken down as follows:

  • 3 furlough days have been set and will apply to all employees.  These days are adjacent to holidays and will increase operational savings.  Employees will still receive pay for the holidays. 
  • 3 days will be determined by each agency during a set month.  These dates will be chosen in a manner to minimize the impact on services provided to the public. 
    • September 3, 2010 – STATE OFFICES CLOSED (Labor Day Weekend)
    • October 2010 – 1 day to be determined
    • November 12, 2010 – STATE OFFICES CLOSED (Veterans Day Weekend)
    • March 2011 – 1 day to be determined
    • April 2011 – 1 day to be determined
    • May 27, 2011 – STATE OFFICES CLOSED (Memorial Day Weekend)
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