31 May 2019

CNMI to implement reduced work schedule

7:07 pm on 31 May 2019

The Northern Marianas government is to implement a 72-hour work schedule beginning in July due to decreased revenues as part of the impact from last year's Super Typhoon Yutu.

Ralph Torres takes oath as 12th CNMI governor

Ralph Torres takes oath as 12th CNMI governor Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Mark Rabago

Under the direction of Governor Ralph Torres, business hours for departments and agencies within the executive branch of government will be closed every second Friday until further notice.

While 72-hour work schedule was a difficult decision, said Mr Torres, it was necessary in order to protect government employees from other more drastic options.

Critical government functions, particularly law enforcement, first responders, and treasury cashiers, will adopt a "modified 72-hour work schedule" to meet necessary requirements.

Due to the impact of October's typhoon the administration had already reduced the budget by nearly $US30 million and implemented other cost-containment measures.