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Yates County offers voluntary layoffs for employees, implements hiring freeze

Officials in Yates County are following suit with their counterparts in Ontario, offering ‘voluntary’ layoffs to county workers, as they deal with massive budget shortfalls caused by COVID-19.

Nearly 20 employees took the offer to help reduce costs for the county.

County Treasurer and Administrator Nonie Flynn said that because of the current challenges – it’s unclear what financial resources will remain afterward.

“Because the current COVID-19 crisis will have a significant impact on the financial resources of Yates County and its 2020 budget, the County Legislature voted on a resolution Monday, April 11 approving a memorandum of agreement with CSEA for voluntary temporary layoffs,” Flynn said. “We then reached out to all CSEA and non-union employees for voluntary applicants for a period of layoff from Monday, May 18 through July 31. We have 19 employees that will be temporarily laid off beginning Monday. Flynn reassures that the layoffs will receive the appropriate benefits and relief. “The expanded unemployment benefit from the federal government enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) is available for these employees.”

The Yates County Legislature also voted to implement a hiring freeze on any current, or future vacancies within the county workforce.