Ga. County Ask Employees to Return Bonus —From 1994

It overpaid $39,690.46, and it wants every cent back
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2010 9:47 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Giving new meaning to the term "penny pincher," one Georgia county is making sure it collects every cent it's owed—by asking 180 employees to return an overpayment they received in 1994. That was the year Gwinnett County changed its pay cycles, which trimmed one pay period from 14 days to 12; the then-benevolent county decided to issue checks in the 14-day amount, so its employees wouldn't struggle financially.

The total bonus came to just under $115,000, and Gwinnett has collected $75,000 of it by trimming it from employee paychecks at retirement. But now it wants the remaining $39,690.46, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The 180 employees can pay back the "advance" by applying it to their vacation days or by handing over cold, hard cash.

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