Attorney Debra D’Agostino was recently featured on a WSB-TV 2 segment
profiling an investigations into paid administrative leave for government
employees. According to the investigation, there is ample documentation
of government workers receiving paid leave for a considerable amount of
time – in some cases months and even years.
As the investigation discovered, for example, documents from the Department
of Homeland Security revealed 87 workers who were on paid leave for over
one year. The investigation also revealed the case of a border patrol
agent paid in excess of $340,000 for 6,000 of administrative leave. Another
ICE employee in a supervisory position received close to $400,000 for
his leave of absence.
Attorney D’Agostino, who has extensive federal employment law experience
representing government workers on paid leave, shared her insight on the
issue with Channel 2, stating that paid leave is far from an easy paid
vacation. According to D’Agostino, many of these employees are stuck
in limbo, wanting to work and wondering if they’ll have a job at
the end. It becomes easier for the government to pay them to do nothing
at times, which experts say is a problem that rests with government beaurcracy.
Officials, when questioned, say they are following legal guidelines for
administrative leave. However, policies have been changed recently to
improve oversight of cases where administrative leave lasts for months.
In response, some lawmakers are considering bills to require government
agencies to make quicker decisions in regard to paid leave – as
legislation will be required to correct it.
You can view the segment featuring Attorney D’Agostino and read the