UPDATE: UWF worker suspension email an error

UPDATE: An email issued to the employees of a University of West Florida department stating work, and pay, would be suspended for a month has been called an error by the university. 

News and Publicity Director Tom St. Myer issued an email statement July 14 that reads:

“The University of West Florida has not established any institutional furloughs or layoffs. Twelve temporary, at-will employees from the UWF Parking Services department were notified on July 13 that there would be no work available for them effective July 24 until August 24, 2020. This notification was sent in error and is being rescinded immediately.”

Original, published July 13, 5 p.m.: An unknown number of employees at the University of West Florida have been put on temporary leave according to an email obtained today by Navarre Press. 

The email states that effective July 24 some remote and on campus workers will not be able to work and will not resume work until the beginning of the Fall semester, Aug. 24. 

In March, many workers had been transitioned to working from home or put on modified schedules in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.In emails announcing the transitions in March, President Martha Saunders indicated employees would continue to be paid. 

The UWF employees are the latest in millions of U.S. workers furloughed or laid off due to the pandemic. 

UWF representatives did not immediately respond for comment. This is a developing story, and updates will be made as more information becomes available.  

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