At their upcoming regular Council work session on June 1st, Geneva City Council will vote on two resolutions that will result in an estimated 6-10 city employees being temporarily laid off until the end of July. The voluntary furloughs are being adopted in response to significant financial losses to the city due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resolution #24-2020 would approve an agreement between management and non-represented employees, and Resolution #25-2020 would approve an agreement between the City of Geneva and Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) for the city’s union workers.
Employees will be asked to volunteer to take temporary layoffs from June 8th until no later than July 31st. Those employees would be eligible to continue their health insurance plans with the city.
The July 31st end date coincides with the end of the additional $600 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefits that are currently available to everyone receiving state unemployment benefits under the federal CARES Act.
Ontario County implemented a very similar temporary layoff program beginning on May 18th and extending until July 31st, a ten-week period. The City of Geneva’s temporary layoffs will last only seven weeks.
The City currently estimates “six to ten people joining the program with an estimated savings of $60,000 to $85,000.”
City Council appears to be taking the highly unusual step of voting on two resolutions during a work session due to the need to have both agreements in place by June 8th.
Per Executive Order No. 202.1, this meeting will take place via videoconference, and can be viewed on the City of Geneva, NY YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV6Q8rBUqBYLrjydrZS0IJg/featured
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