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9 Months After Shutdown, DC Hit With Baby Boom

Timing probably just a coincidence, right?

(Newser) - As the nation's capital languished during October's 16-day government shutdown, a nurse in Washington, DC, made a Facebook prediction: “Furlough babies????" Lo and behold nine months later, reps at Sibley Memorial Hospital, where the nurse works, say there’s been a nearly 33% increase in births over... More »

Federal Workers Getting Back Pay Next Week

Most will start seeing it in Oct. 25 paychecks

(Newser) - Most furloughed federal workers, who went 16 days without pay, will start getting back pay a week from tomorrow. When exactly the back pay starts showing up depends on the payroll provider used by each agency, but most workers will start seeing it Oct. 25, CNN reports. More good news:... More »

Citing Nat'l Security, CIA to Recall Workers

Furloughed employees crucial to 'core missions' will return

(Newser) - Looks like even more furloughed workers are headed back to the office. This time it's the CIA, which plans to begin calling back thousands of employees today, reports the Washington Post . The agency's director, John Brennan, says the move is a response to "potential adverse cumulative and... More »

As Storm Barrels Toward Gulf Coast, FEMA Recalls Furloughed Workers

Tropical Storm Karen is year's first cyclone

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Karen is barreling toward the US , and that means a return to work for some FEMA employees. The furloughed workers have been called back with the cyclone due to hit the coast between Louisiana and Florida. Thanks to the shutdown, however, some weather satellite images "may not... More »

Search for Missing Woman Stymied by Shutdown

And more unfortunate fallout...

(Newser) - One potentially tragic consequence of the government shutdown: With 16 employees of Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho now on furlough, the search for a missing woman last seen there has slowed dramatically. Jo Elliott-Blakeslee, 63, went hiking with Amy Linkert, 69, on Sept. 19; they were reported... More »

Senate OKs Airport-Delay Fix

Bill scores unanimous support

(Newser) - The Senate has come together to battle the flight delays plaguing the nation. All 100 senators signed off on legislation letting the Transportation Department transfer $253 million to the FAA operations account, in an effort to end air traffic controller furloughs, Politico reports. "Tonight we worked together in the... More »

And the Airport Delays Begin...

Air traffic controllers, TSA workers, customs workers go on furlough

(Newser) - Here we go: Those promised airport delays , the result of furloughs caused by the sequester, have arrived. All three major NYC-area airports saw flights falling behind schedule yesterday and, as the Washington Post puts it, air traffic controllers "never caught up," with delays clocking in at between one... More »

Obama’s Salary 'Sacrifice' Is Patronizing

Dana Milbank: A $20K cut is nothing for a man worth millions

(Newser) - Obama's decision to give 5% of his salary back to the Treasury to match sequester cuts to government agencies is hardly the "sacrifice" it's getting made out to be, writes Dana Milbank in the Washington Post . Although $20,000 of his $400,000 salary is technically on... More »

Obama to Return Portion of Salary

President says he's making 5% gesture to support federal workers

(Newser) - President Obama will return 5% of his salary every month as a gesture of support for federal workers soon to be hit with unpaid furloughs, reports the New York Times . Given his $400,000 salary, the move amounts to about $16,600 through the end of the year. A White... More »

Not Going to Mark Madoff's Funeral: Bernie

Prison rules say dad's ineligible for furlough

(Newser) - Mark Madoff might not have wanted his notorious father at his funeral anyway, but Bernie Madoff will likely be barred from attending, the New York Post reports. The North Carolina prison’s Inmate Handbook says prisoners can have supervised furloughs for immediate family members’ funerals only if they’ve got... More »

Pay Cuts: America's New Norm

Nine straight months of declining pay sets new record

(Newser) - In previous recessions, layoffs were the principal way for employers to cut costs—pay cuts were seen as demoralizing and a sure-fire way to lose workers to other jobs. But now pay cuts, sometimes in the form of demotions or shortened workweeks, are more common than at any time since... More »

Furloughs Freeze State Services

Strapped states try to balance budgets by shutting down

(Newser) - States across the country are slashing their labor costs by putting workers on furloughs and cutting services, the Wall Street Journal reports. California, Maine, Maryland and Michigan close state agencies on Fridays. Others are opting to remain open every weekday, but stretch services by placing thousands of workers on rolling... More »

Calif. Budget Crisis Cripples UC System

(Newser) - California's budget crisis has taken an $813 million toll on its famed UC system, Time reports. The University of California's 10 campuses are attempting to deal with the 20% budget cut by instituting mandatory furloughs for 80% of staff, drastically cutting or even freezing new hires, and increasing tuition by... More »

Arnold Declares Emergency in Calif. Budget Mess

(Newser) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today declared a fiscal emergency and ordered lawmakers to produce a plan to close the state’s $24.3 billion deficit within 45 days, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. To accomplish that, Schwarzenegger called a special session of the legislature, and also ordered 220,000 state... More »

Many Toil Through Forced Leave

Workers on furloughs aren't granted—or won't allow themselves—time off

(Newser) - Sure, required time off beats a layoff—but that can be tough to remember as many continue working through their furloughs, the New York Times reports. Some worry their jobs are at stake if they don’t keep working; others just can’t get their employers to schedule days off.... More »

Bank Pays Workers to Take 5-Year Vacation

Employees should go pursue 'personal projects,' bosses say

(Newser) - Spain's second-largest bank is taking the creative route to cost-cutting—offering its workers 5 years' paid vacation. Staff at BBVA who want to take time off to focus on "personal or professional projects" can receive 30% salary plus benefits, in addition to a guaranteed job when they return. The... More »

Ahead, the Summer of the Furlough

(Newser) - Already-downsized companies seeking to cut costs further will likely increase temporary layoffs this summer, hoping the season will ease the pain of a missed paycheck, Fortune reports. A recent poll found that 44% of US companies are considering or have already implemented furloughs. But some institutions and employees are getting... More »

NYC Firm Pays Lawyers for Not Going to Work

Cost-cutting measure gives employees $80K for taking a year off

(Newser) - Amid nationwide layoffs and salary freezes, how could a New York law firm justify paying some of its employees $80,000 to stay away from the office? It makes more sense when you know that the lawyers usually make three times that: The partners have found a way to cut... More »

Calif. State Workers Take Forced Day Off

200K at DMV, other agencies stay home amid budget crunch

(Newser) - Californians looking to renew a driver’s license today will be disappointed, as 200,000 state employees take their first forced day off. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says the two mandatory unpaid vacation days per month—a 9% pay cut—is a budget necessity. But many Californians are confused about which... More »

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