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Average Michigan Corrections Department Employee Took 28.5 Days Off With Pay Last Year

Employees of the Michigan Department of Corrections had the highest use of annual and sick leave among state workers in the 2019-20 fiscal year that ended Oct. 1.

Prison guards and others on the departmental payroll used 11.8 sick leave days and 16.7 annual leave days, on average, for a combined 28.5 days off. The figures come from an annual report on state employees released by the Michigan Civil Service Commission.

All state employees, by comparison, used an average of 14.8 annual leave days and 9.1 sick days in the fiscal year. Annual leave days include paid vacation days.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has informed state employees that those who are “detailed to work from home” won’t return to their regular work locations until at least March 1, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whitmer made the announcement in a letter sent to state employees.

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