Whatever you do, don’t let this “erroneously accrue.”

The moral of this news story might be to not let your vacation time accrue. Take it now.

However, Paula McIlduff, a paralegal who retired from the Connecticut Office of the Claims Commissioner last year after a stellar 26-year career, thought she was helping her short-staffed department by not taking 480 hours of accrued vacation time, which had a value of around $15,000.

The hard-working paralegal wasn’t worried about not being compensated, because she had a 2008 letter from the Office of State Comptroller, assuring her she would be compensated for the unused time upon retirement.

McIlduff pointed out to the CT Post that using the vacation time would have resulted in her extended absence from work:

“It’s not like they said, `You better use up your other time,’ ” she recalled. “And for me to take that much time at once, I would have been out a long time.”

But as sometimes happens when folks deal with the government, after she retired, the comptroller’s office sent another letter saying the 2008 letter contained “an administrative error,” pointing the finger at “the system” that “erroneously accumulated this amount,” and concluding with an apology for any “inconvenience” caused to McIlduff.
So now McIlduff has filed a claim with her former employer, the Claims Commission, for the monies allegedly owed, with the full support of her former boss, the former Claims Commissioner, who called her “the most loyal state employee I’ve ever seen.”

After having worked so hard for “the system” all those years, I hope that McIlduff is able to resolve this alleged “error” in her favor.

Source:  CT Post

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