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By Debra Roth

Q & A Session – Disobeying Furlough

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Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.

Q:

What happens when a person breaks furlough and comes into the office to use the computer for personal reasons and chat? It was stressed to all employees that they should not come into the office on their furlough days.

A:

If an employee was specifically directed not to come into the office during furlough, but then disobeyed that instruction, he/she may be disciplined for failure to follow that instruction. 

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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