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Microsoft Asks For Refund From Laid-off Workers  
User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2309 times:

Microsoft says it made an accounting error when it laid off some employees last month and now feels the best way to correct the error is with what will likely add up to a public relations blunder.

The software giant, which recently laid off 1,400 employees, sent letters this week to some of those former workers letting them know that their severance payouts were a bit too "generous" and respectfully requested that the former employees pay back that money.


http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-10...75.html?tag=newsEditorsPicksArea.0

Hm maybe they were using Microsoft Money for this...no wonder they got an 'accounting error'.


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User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2303 times:

If its been paid, then its there own problem, not there recently let go staff members. They should have checked the payments before sending them out, and should not have to pay it back.

Talk about kick in the teeth,
"Your sacked, heres some money"

"Hang on, we made a mistake, can we have some money back, we gave ya too much"

Not nice


User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3283 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2300 times:

Knowing MicroSoft, they'll sue the terminated employees for the cash. They have more lawyers than engineers working there...  vomit 


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User currently offlineFrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3761 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2256 times:

That's a rather disgusting attitude. It's also a valuable message to all Microsoft employees who still work there. Now they know who they work for.

Quoting Springbok747 (Thread starter):
Hm maybe they were using Microsoft Money for this...

Just wait and hear them blame it on a computer error...
Either that or someone else is getting fired, with a not so generous severance check.



Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
User currently offlineNorthstarBoy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1832 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2240 times:
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Quoting Francoflier (Reply 3):
That's a rather disgusting attitude. It's also a valuable message to all Microsoft employees who still work there. Now they know who they work for.

Not really, payroll errors happen at every company, i work for a great company (not Microsoft), i love my job, and i've been the recipient of payroll errors on the plus side (too much money in the check) and invariably the following pay period it's deducted with apologies, just because Microflot is one of the world's largest companies, doesn't make them immune to errors, because ultimately, Microflot and companies like them, are made of up tens of thousands of human beings, each one capable of making a misake at one point or another.

That being said, it's kind of crass for Microsoft to do this to recently laidoff employees, but, mistakes happen, all they can do is ask the former employee to please return the appropriate amount, and chances are the employee will because when you're looking for a job in a tough market, you don't want to do *anything* to run afoul of a former employer because the HR department at the company you're applying to will call for a reference, and sometimes the difference between getting and not getting the job comes down to how well or poorly your last company speaks of you.



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User currently offlineFrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3761 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2182 times:



Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 4):
the following pay period it's deducted with apologies

Well, that's my point, really. If there isn't a next pay period to deduct that money out of, then you'd better make double sure that you're sending the right amount if you don't want yourself exposed to that kind of embarrasment and bad rep.



Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
User currently offlineKirkseattle From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2078 times:

The Seattle PI is reporting that there were underpayments as well.

http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/microsoft/archives/162529.asp

I really feel sorry for those employees - on both ends. Once you are separated from a company you really want to just move on. This kind of error doesn't help however, both situations need to be corrected. Just because there was an overpayment doesn't make it right and should be paid back.

-Kirk


User currently offlineFxramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7298 posts, RR: 85
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2001 times:
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Would be nice if Gates wrote a check for the overpayment of laid off employees and took care of it himself.  twocents 

User currently offlineSwissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1977 times:



Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 4):
Not really, payroll errors happen at every company,

Bingo, no one is perfect... errors happen, if over paid, over payment should be given back and if under paid an adjustment has to be done asap....

Quoting Fxramper (Reply 7):
Would be nice if Gates wrote a check for the overpayment of laid off employees and took care of it himself.

If life was that simple..... I guess he is busy spending his own $$$ in 3rd world countries for a good cause....

Cheerios,


User currently offlineKirkSeattle From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1844 times:

looks like Microsoft has had a change of heart for the 25 employees.....TWENTY FIVE! The average mistake was $4K - $5K !

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.co...d-off_employees_keep_severanc.html


User currently offlineNorthwestair From Poland, joined Jul 2001, 648 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1672 times:

I got a letter from Continental Airlines that I was being administratively terminated because I was off of work for more than 6 months due to an Injury that I suffered at work. I ended up having to have brain surgery and 15 months of Therapy and just last week I got another letter stating that I needed to pay Continental Airlines $105.00 but they don't tell me why they just say I owe the Company money. So you really feel the love from any Company



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