200 Oakland County employees see furloughs, hours cut due to COVID-19

Only court-related workers affected, spokesman says
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Posted at 12:44 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 12:58:55-04

PONTIAC, Mich (WXYZ) — The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered furloughs or reduced hours for 200 Oakland County employees. The temporary cuts, confirmed today by a county spokesman, affect court-related positions and began on May 4.

As county courts continue to perform only essential services during the pandemic, 47 employees have been furloughed and 153 others are now working reduced schedules, according to spokesman Bill Mullan. Furloughed employees will retain their seniority and benefits.

Mullan said that the cuts are not being made to fill a budgetary hole, but instead to meet a significantly reduced demand for services.

While precise job titles and departments affected were not shared, Mullan said the affected employees either work in the courts or are in positions "whose work depends on court cases such as community corrections and Children's Village."

The furloughs and reduced hours will last until regular court operations resume, Mullan said, which will be determined by the State Court Administrative Office.

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