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Clearfield County furloughs 42 employees

Clearfield County, PA – The Clearfield County Commissioners have furloughed 42 county employees during COVID-19 restrictions.

Most of the furloughs (which are a specific type of temporary layoff) are “rolling” so that employees should work two weeks on and two weeks off, which allows full-time employees to keep their benefits and health insurance.

The commissioners wrote in a statement, “With the county offices closed to the public and only essential business allowed, we are trying to reduce the number of people in our offices for employee safety. We also anticipate a huge surge of business once the county is fully reopened, and we will need extra budgetary resources to deal with that. These temporary furloughs help us prepare financially for our local economic restart.”

They hope to have all 42 of the furloughed employees back to work as soon as the Clearfield County buildings are fully open again.

The statement that was emailed last Friday:

Today, the Clearfield County Commissioners are announcing temporary furloughs beginning Monday, April 20, for 42 county employees as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most are ‘rolling’ furloughs, two weeks on/two weeks off. This enables full-time employees to keep their health insurance and other benefits during this trying time.

With the county offices closed to the public and only essential business allowed, we are trying to reduce the number of people in our offices for employee safety. We also anticipate a huge surge of business once the county is fully reopened, and we will need extra budgetary resources to deal with that. These temporary furloughs help us prepare financially for our local economic restart.

Our goal is to return all furloughed staff to work as soon as the county courts and offices are fully reopened.

Clearfield County Commissioners ​