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Involuntary layoffs may come into play for NHC employees

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New Hanover County announced that 43 employees agreed to take early retirement. The offer is part of the county's effort to make up a $3 million budget deficit. County Manager, Bruce Shell, said it is too early to tell how the retirements will affect the effort. “One of the things we'll do is take a look at these positions and determine the ones that we have to rehire and the ones that we can delay or put on hold.” Involuntary layoffs may be needed to make up the budget shortfall not covered by the early retirements. Employees affected will be notified next week. Among the forty three opting for early retirement were Sheriff Sid Causey and three other department heads.

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I watched this on the news

I watched this on the news and it occurred to me that part of it makes no sense at all. If they were giving early retirement to employees that were in positions that were being eliminated or mothballed, then I could see offering it. No matter what tenure and benefits the current employees are receiving, any one in HR knows the cost of training new employees far outweigh those salaries and benefits. It is difficult to put a price on experience. I would approve the early retirement of those in positions that won't be rehired and keep those that are necessary.