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Some California state workers are hoarding vacation days to get $400,000 cash payouts at retirement

Some California state workers are hoarding vacation days to get $400,000 cash payouts at retirement
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Hundreds of California state employees were paid a total of $300 million for unused vacation days when they retired last year, reported the LA Times.




A prison surgeon in California walked away with the biggest payout — $456,002 before taxes.




Many of California's public employees receive a pension on top of any unused vacation time payout.



More than 450 California state employees retired with six-figure bonuses last year when they cashed out unused vacation time, the Los Angeles Times' Melody Gutierrez reported.
California cut checks worth a total of nearly $300 million to retiring employees in 2018, a Times analysis of state payroll data found. Employees' salary at the time of retirement determines how much they're paid for the unused leave, not their salary when the vacation time was accrued.
The state formally caps total vacation balance at 640 hours, but little enforcement of the rules and an increase in the number of retirees has led to a 60% leap in the number of six-figure payouts since 2012, Gutierrez reported.
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