AUDIO: Layoff letters not going out

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Oct 11, 2013 at 9:27 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) Earlier this week, Stearns County government issued a news release saying layoff letters would go out this week to county employees impacted by the federal government shutdown.

But Human Services Administrator Mark Sizer told KNSI News Friday morning those letters will NOT be going out this week.

Sizer says the county has hit a "pause point" where they are continuing to look at federal funding streams, and closely watching what Congress is doing in regard to the federal government shutdown.

Programs in the Human Services Department--such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC)--will be affected if the shutdown continues for a period of time.

County employees who could be laid off are required to receive a 30-day advance notice, per their union contract. 

No county layoffs will happen if the shutdown ends before 30 days. Friday marked the 11th day of the shutdown. 

Sizer says layoff notices won't be going out just yet

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