Furlough Information for Career Status Employees

If you are a Career status employee with The University of Iowa, and receive notification of your position elimination, or reduction in the percent of time, Compensation and Classification can offer assistance in finding another job.

When you start to look for a new position you will need to review the JOBS@UIOWA position announcement web site. You will be able to apply for, and receive priority consideration for, any open position (including any internal search) at your current pay level or lower. You will be able to exercise priority consideration for vacant positions during your furlough notification period.  If you are unable to secure a position by the end of your furlough notification period and are terminated, you will be able to exercise priority consideration over vacant positions for an additional 12 months.

To apply for an open position you will need to create a profile at JOBS@UIOWA. Once you have created your profile and want to apply for an open position you will need to:

  • Indicate that you are a furloughed employee by selecting the “Advisable” button for University of Iowa “Career or Specified Term Status Employees Only with 2 Years of Service.
  • After selecting the “Advisable” button you will need to answer two questions.
  • After you have answered "Yes" to both questions, a notification e-mail will be sent to Compensation and Classification.
  • Compensation and Classification will determine the appropriate letter (Must Interview/Courtesy), and the hiring department will be notified.

The hiring department will be required to determine an appropriate salary, and may offer you the position if you meet the advertised qualifications of the position. If the hiring department determines you did not meet the advertised requirements, they may request an interview waiver, or after interviewing must provide justification in writing to University Human Resources, stating which advertised requirements of the position you did not meet.

If you apply for an open position above your current pay level, Compensation and Classification will send a courtesy letter to the hiring department asking them to consider your application. However, the department is not required to interview you nor are they required to hire you.

When you apply for a position, the hiring department will contact you and schedule an interview. The hiring department will interview you unless the recruitment is canceled, placed on hold, or if the position is above your current pay level. You must be available to interview within three business days of being contacted by the department. If the department is unable to contact you after submitting the Pre-Interview Audit-Report to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, you will no longer have priority consideration for the position.

If the department offers you the position at your current salary or within a few thousand dollars of your current salary, and you decide to withdraw from consideration after you have been offered the position, you may lose your furlough priority consideration. If your furlough priority consideration is revoked, you will not be able to exercise furlough priority consideration for further positions.

A staff member with career status who is furloughed will not lose career status or his or her original career status date if reappointed to the same classification during the furlough period, unless the duties of the new position are substantially different, in which case the employee may be required to serve a one-year probationary period. If the employee successfully completes the probationary period, the original career status date may be retained.

If the furloughed staff member is reappointed to a different classification in the same or a lower pay level or in the same classification series, the staff member ordinarily will be reappointed with career status and retain the original career status date, unless the duties of the new position are substantially different, in which case the employee may be required to serve a probationary period of no more than one year before returning to career status and a new career status date.

If the employee satisfactorily completes the probation period for the new position, the Associate Vice President/Director of Human Resources, based upon the written request of the appointment department, may approve retention of the original career status date.

If a Career status employee returns within 12 months from the date of termination, the University will:

  • Reinstate sick leave
  • Provide the option to purchase vacation leave that was paid out at the time of termination.
  • Adjust the company seniority date back to the date that was in effect at the time of termination.
  • Reinstate the P&S Term status date, and benefit eligibility and retirement eligibility dates back to the date that was in effect at the time of termination.
  • Reinstate priority eligibility for parking, athletic tickets, and any other benefits that the employee had at the time of termination.