Microsoft to laid-off: Keep extra pay
A few weeks after launching the first wide-scale layoffs in its history, Microsoft Corp admits it screwed up a key part of the plan.
First Microsoft realised that an administrative glitch caused it to pay more severance than intended to some laid-off employees. The company’s response: It asked the ex-workers for the money back.
But when one of Microsoft’s letters seeking repayment surfaced on the Web, the situation turned embarrassing. On Monday, the company reversed course and said the laid-off workers could keep the extra payouts.
Lisa Brummel, Microsoft’s senior vice president for human resources, said the letters were mailed to 25 of the 1,400 people let go in January. Most of the checks were off by about $4,000 to $5,000, she said.