Political appointees included in payouts for unused vacation
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Top political appointees of the governor at agencies outside the field of health care were offered many of the largest payments to acknowledge skipped vacations during the pandemic in 2020, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Under ordinary circumstances, state employees lose without payment any unused vacation leave in excess of 240 hours at the end of the year. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gave state workers additional time to use that vacation leave and in June offered up to 80 hours of salary to people who still have not used excess vacation allotments.