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Hundreds Of Washington State Employees Paid To Stay Home

SEATTLE (AP) - Hundreds of Washington state employees are paid to stay home every year during investigations for possible misbehavior or crimes such as theft or harassing co-workers.

An investigation by KING-TV in Seattle found there was no statewide tracking of home assignments. So, the station submitted public records requests to 90 state agencies for
five years' worth of data.

Since 2006, the state paid more than 1,000 state employees more than $17.2 million in salary and benefits to stay home and wait near a phone. There were 224 in 2011 at a cost of $3.8 million.

State Human Resources Director Eve Santos says agencies have now been instructed to report home assignments and to get permission if they last more than 15 days. Washington has about 109,000 state employees.
   
      
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