University system employees will be furloughed six days

Employees of the University System of Georgia will be furloughed six days in the next fiscal year, the Board of Regents ruled today. At least three of those days will be before Jan. 1. The fiscal year ends June 30. About 3,000 full-time employees who make less than $23,000 per year will be exempt.

Employees can also expect changes in their health plan, including higher premiums and an incentive to encourage them to switch to the highest-deductible PPO plan.

More news from the Regents meeting, which is still under way in Atlanta, will be posted at augustachronicle.com throughout the day.

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