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PUBLIC EMPLOYEES: Stop abuse of administrative leave

Letter by Lyle Laws, Puyallup on June 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm | 84 Comments »
June 8, 2012 12:31 pm

Now that taxpayers are in a cost-cutting mood, maybe it is time to do some research on paid administrative leave for government employees.

It is completely understandable why law enforcement officers are placed on paid leave while the facts are sorted out if they have fired their weapons in the line of duty. However, there are far too many instances in which public employees who have been removed from their jobs because of violations of work rules, incompetence or even alleged criminal activity continue to receive full pay for many months or even years. Why?

Almost without exception, public employee unions challenge dismissals and pursue legal activities that cause the proceedings to drag on and on, costing the public millions in legal fees.

Since workers in the private sector only receive two weeks notice, why wouldn’t limiting paid administrative leave to public employees to one month be fair on the condition that it was proven that it was a wrongful dismissal, the full amount of lost income would be paid?

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