Microsoft to Laid Off Employees: Give Us Back Some of That Severance

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Microsoft sent letters to some of the 1,400 employees that were laid of in January of 2009, but it wasn't a return to work notice. Instead the company was asking those former employees to return some of their severance packages...believe it or not.

The situation arose after Microsoft overpaid some employees for their severance packages, according to letters posted by TechCrunch, an error that was the result of a miscalculation on Big Redmond's part. The letters went out to only some of the 1,400 employees that were laid off, and it requested that the money be returned to Microsoft within two weeks.

The letters also offered detailed instructions on where to send the money, but was light on the details of how the error happened and any relevant calculations on the proper severance plan. TechCrunch redacted the specific amounts requested by Microsoft and the persons' names involved.

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5 Comments Leave Your Own

iVoid

Guess they used Windows 7 beta to calculate the checks. smile smile raspberry

xmattingly

Sayonara, HR boob. raspberry

So-o-o-o

Years ago I worked at-will for a company. We worked 14 days on/14 off or whatever the schedule called for.  I finished a job just before Christmas and had been told a new job would start in a couple of weeks.  Weeks passed with the continued assurance I’d start work ‘in a week or so.”  Finally in early February, the boss told me they (the owners) were going to have to work the job because of financial shortfalls.  A day or so later, I got an email from the boss saying I owed them for the Jan and Feb health insurance they’d paid for me.  I ignored it.  Then I got a phone call saying he should have checked with the boss, ‘accounting’, before sending out the email.  He was kinda laughing at his mistake and joking about it.  He said I not only owed them for my insurance, but also for the portion they’d paid on my wife’s insurance.  It took everything I had in me not to tell him what I thought.  What a bunch of ...  Looks like it continues today.

jfbiii

Finally, Excel bites back!

rjackb

Apparently, Microsoft has backed off on this due to the backlash.

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