Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Deloitte China Orders Staff to Take Voluntary Unpaid Leave

Different country, different company, same strategy -- have everyone take a little unpaid leave to avoid layoffs -- executed differently.

In China, Deloitte just told its staffers that everyone is going to take four days of unpaid leave starting April 1st to save money, the China Daily newspaper reports.

Last month, the majority of KPMG’s United Kingdom staff agreed to work, and only be paid for, a four-day workweek. There, the company gave employees a chance to vote on the issue.

Ernst & Young, China, put in place a similar program in January, “which required staff members to take up to four weeks of voluntary unpaid leave by June 30,” China Daily reported.

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