Archive for the ‘Layoffs – RIFs’ Category

There’s a big difference between “lost wages” and “deferred pay”!

January 16, 2019

Among the aspects of the shutdown drama that make me want to scream are sympathy-soliciting headlines about furloughed government employees’ “lost wages”.


Here’s why that sets me off…


What do Homer Simpson and a guy in the U.S. Parole Commission have in common?

May 12, 2014

I rarely watched the Simpsons and the only episode I remember involved the Springfield Power Plant – where Homer worked – being taken over by a German company who did a productivity analysis.




Sure enough when judgment day came …

Horst – the plant’s new general manager – gathered all employees in the courtyard to announce the cut-backs that where being implemented:

Horst: Attention workers, we have completed our evaluation of the plant.

We regret to announce the following lay-offs, which I will read in alphabetical order:


Horst: Simpson, Homer.


Horst: That is all.


Now what has that got to do with the U.S. Parole Commission?