As noted in this post, the Gannett Company has asked its employees to take a week off without pay sometime in the first quarter of 2009. It is called a furlough. Here’s what should happen if your boss calls you while you are on furlough.
From Gannett Blog (not affiliated with Gannett Company),
“Federal and state laws require that employees, whether hourly or salaried, must not work while on an unpaid leave. That includes reading or responding to e-mails, calling or responding to calls from colleagues and being on site at your location at any time during your furlough days.
A furlough means you will not work.”