Furlough is a half pay leave which is given to the officers in Defence Forces in India. An Officer will get 20 days Half Pay leave as Furlough in every year. You can refer Defence Services Regulations (India) Leave Rules, in which you can find the details about Furlough.
2nd November 2011 From India, Kumbakonam
Thanks for the prompt reply, really appreciate the same. Just one question do we use this concept in private sectors like Pharma, IT, BFSI, Telecom etc and follow the same policy of half pay? If yes, can you provide me more data on the same or some online link which I can refer to?
2nd November 2011 From India, Thana
Basically this concept has come from US.
Few of details i would like to share about this what i have used for my research...
Furloughs are easiest to implement with non-exempt employees because under federal and most state wage and hour laws, non-exempt employees must only be paid for the actual hours they work. Therefore, employers may use furloughs for non-exempt employees by sending them home, and employers don't have to pay employees for regularly scheduled hours that are not actually worked.
It is more difficult to implement furloughs for employees that are exempt from wage and hour regulations and other state laws. Exempt employees are entitled to full weekly salaries for any week they perform work. If an employer does not fully pay an exempt employee for a full workweek, the employee’s exemption status may be jeopardized.
An exempt employee may be furloughed without losing her exempt status if the exempt employee is furloughed for an entire workweek. The employee must perform absolutely no work at all during that week, including even the most minimal tasks (such as checking email or voicemail). If the exempt employee performs any work during that week, the employee will then be entitled to her full weekly salary. The exempt employee’s weekly salary also cannot fall below $455, the current minimum weekly salary requirement for an employee to be considered exempt.
There are other employment law issues to consider when employers implement furloughs. If an employee’s hours are reduced because of a furlough, the employee’s status might change from full-time to part-time, and that status change could affect the employee's benefits eligibility. There also may be notice or bargaining requirements if a negotiated collective bargaining agreement is in place.
To know more about this you can dig into web, there are several things are available. Also I have mentioned below some articles which will help you to understand all about this..
- The Law of Alternative Work Arrangements: Furloughs, Reduced Work-Weeks & Flexible Work Arrangements » The Glass Hammer
- Employers Hit Salaried Staff With Furloughs - WSJ.com
Hope this will help you ...
2nd November 2011 From India, Gurgaon
4th November 2011 From India, Kumbakonam