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What is the Non-Aligned Employee Work-Share Furlough?

The Non-Aligned Employee Work-Share Furlough Program is a program that allows for temporary reductions in an employee’s scheduled work hours and compensation to help mitigate a financial emergency, thereby minimizing layoffs wherever possible.  This program has been approved by the State of New Jersey.

Participants in the Non-Aligned Employee Work-Share Furlough Program are not laid off.  The salaries of program participants are reduced in an amount equal to the temporary time off.  As a furloughed employee, you remain in active status and your employee benefits are not affected.  Participants are eligible to apply for New Jersey state unemployment benefits regardless of their residence.

Who is Included in the Non-Aligned Employee Work-Share Furlough Program?

Non-aligned staff employees, both exempt and non-exempt, whose positions are not represented by a labor union and whose terms of employment are not governed by a collective negotiation agreement are included in the work-share furlough program.  This includes all Managerial, Professional, Supervisory and Confidential (MPSC) employees.

Official emails of notification about the program were sent on July 3, 2020. The email you received is a docusign document. Please click on “Review Document”  to access your official notification and furlough date designation. Please contact Newark HR if you have not received this email at


The New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) would like employees to begin filing applications on July 5, 2020, the first day of the approved program. The claim application will not indicate an option for the Shared Work Furlough Program. We will be using the standard application for unemployment. Please note that within the next few days, non-aligned employees will receive email confirmation of their assigned furlough days directly from UHR, however, you may initiate your application process with the information provided by your supervisor beginning July 5th.

Click here to apply: Unemployment Insurance

Newark HR is offering virtual office hours to guide you through the application process:

July 7 | 11:00am – 12:30pm English & 3:00pm – 4:30pm Spanish
July 8 | 11:00am – 12:30pm English & 3:00pm – 4:30pm English
July 9 | 11:00am – 12:30pm English & Spanish & 3:00pm – 4:30pm English


We understand that you may have many questions, please click here to access the Shared Work/Furlough FAQs.

We’d like to provide you with the details about how you can attend a live information session or view a presentation recording about your participation in the Non-aligned Shared Work Furlough Program.

Webex sessions are now open for registration.

July 7 | 10:00am & 2:00pm
July 8 | 10:00am & 2:00pm
July 9 | 10:00am & 2:00pm


This tool is meant to be used as means to estimate how a furlough will affect your future earnings at Rutgers University. The calculations provided are meant to give a rough estimation as to what to expect during the furlough period.

Visit the  Furlough Income Estimator for more details.

Stay updated with the latest information by visiting Rutgers Work Share Furlough Website.

The HR-Newark team extends well wishes to all and solemnly hope that you seize all opportunities presented for creative and strategic thinking during this unprecedented time.