Cost of state employees' unused time off mounts for California

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SAN FRANCISCO, March 14 (Reuters) - California's liability for unused vacation and leave time for its state employees reached a 30-year high of $3.9 billion in June 2012 and is likely to grow for the foreseeable future, according to a state report released on Thursday.

According to the report by the Legislative Analyst's Office, a non-partisan office serving as a watchdog for California's financial affairs, state leaders could establish a buyback program to reduce leave balances.

Another option is a cap on the number of days of unused time off employees may accrue, the report said.

The rising liability for unused time off banked by state employees reflects how they took fewer vacation days in recent years after furloughs to help balance the state's books.

"They were using their furlough days in lieu of vacation," said Nick Schroeder, an analyst at the Legislative Analyst's Office.

Furloughs cut compensation costs for state employees by about $5 billion between California's 2008-2009 and 2012-2013 fiscal years.

The report also said payments to employees leaving the state workforce reached a 30-year high of $270 million in the 2011-2012 fiscal year, two-thirds more than the year before furloughs began.

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Comments (5)
OdumbChicago wrote:
California is a perfect example of Democrat Party incompetence. The people in California are in big trouble and it will get worse as the nation will not bail out the Capital of Porn, the Capital of Drugs, and the place that elected Pelosi!

Mar 14, 2013 11:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mujeralta wrote:
What this article isn’t saying is that it’s the highly paid professionals (MDs, lawyers, etc.) and not teachers, custodians and other middle-class wage and salary earners who are accruing vast amounts of unused sick and vacation time. I was a CA public school teacher and we had “use them or lose them” limits on sick and vacation hours.

Mar 14, 2013 12:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Eddie0063 wrote:
Government workers should have their vacation cut to match the vacation given in the private sector, no public employee should be allowed to accumulate more than 200 hours of vacation

Mar 14, 2013 12:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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