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Temporary layoff notices to begin going out to state workers

Post by Melissa Santos / The Olympian on June 24, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
June 24, 2013 1:45 pm
The Legislative Building at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia. (Steve Bloom/The Olympian)
The Legislative Building at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia. (Steve Bloom/The Olympian)

The Governor’s budget office has just sent out a memorandum informing state agency heads to begin issuing temporary layoff notices to their employees in case there is a government shutdown next week.

The Legislature is on a deadline to pass a budget by June 30 to avert closure of many state offices July 1, the start of the next budget cycle.

Here is the text of the memo, which was sent on behalf of David Schumacher, director of the state’s Office of Financial Management:

I am sorry to report that, as of this afternoon, the Legislature has not yet reached agreement on the 2013–15 operating and capital budgets. Therefore, effective immediately, agencies should begin sending out notices required to inform affected employees of a potential temporary layoff. Layoffs will be necessary if a budget is not adopted by midnight on June 30, 2013.

Last week, we sent templates to each agency for temporary layoff notices, along with Q&As to provide to your employees. We also provided some guidance on sending notices:

  • ·         A broadcast email notice will suffice for employees potentially affected. However, if you have employees who are out of the office on leave (FMLA, military, shared leave, etc.) and not available by email, you will need to have an alternate means for delivery of the notice.
  • ·         Send all represented employees being temporarily laid off the represented notice and the represented Q&A.
  • ·         Send all non-represented employees being temporarily laid off, including WMS employees, the non-represented notice and the non-represented Q&A.
  • ·         Send all exempt employees being temporarily laid off the exempt notice.

One more request: We would like to get an idea how many employees receive notices today. By COB today, please send a count for your agency to the State Human Resources (rules@ofm.wa.gov) office.

I remain optimistic that we will reach a final budget agreement very soon. However, given where we are at this moment, we must move ahead with notifying employees.

Pam Phillips

For David Schumacher, Director

Office of Financial Management

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