County Employees May Take Unpaid Leave to Avoid Layoffs

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada's most populous county is embracing a
budgetary move that lets employees take unpaid leave.

Clark County commissioners voted Tuesday to approve extending
offers of voluntary furloughs through Sept. 4, Labor Day weekend.

Officials reported that 811 workers took more than 8,600 hours
of unpaid leave during a five-week trial program that began in
December and ended Jan. 23.

They say the county saved almost $400,000.

Commissioner Steve Sisolak hails furloughs as "good for
employees, good for the county, good for taxpayers."

Clark County, home to Las Vegas, has about 2 million of the
state's 2.7 million residents.

County chief administrative officer Don Burnette says he heard
no reports that the furloughs hurt productivity, and officials said
the program might help avoid layoffs.

Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,

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