Mayor de Blasio Announces Payback for 9,500 Previously Furloughed City Employees

April 24
Non-represented employees who took unpaid furlough days between October 2020-March 2021 due to the economic crisis will be able to get paid for days off.

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that non-represented city employees will be able to reclassify unpaid furlough days taken between October 2020 and March 2021 as paid vacation days. 

“Public servants have gone above and beyond to serve New Yorkers this past year,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We had to make difficult decisions as we faced a massive budget shortfall last year. Thanks to the federal stimulus, we are in a much better place and can pay these workers back for their sacrifice.”

In September, as the City faced an enormous budget challenge, the Mayor announced that all managerial and non-represented City employees must take five furlough days, saving the City $21 million. Beginning this coming June, these employees will be permitted to reclassify these furlough days as either annual leave days or comp time and get paid back for these days. 

This change will affect approximately 9,500 employees across city agencies, returning $21 million to workers in FY22. Employees can sign up to reclassify their time starting in June and will receive their reclassified time in July.

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