Microsoft payroll mistake - 'Perhaps they used Excel?'

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After a storm of negative publicity, Microsoft backed down from asking former employees to give back a portion of their redundancy pay-offs. John Stokdyk reports.

The incident follows January's job cuts, the first in Microsoft's history. Some 1,400 employees were laid off immediately with 3,600 more redundancies planned to follow in the next 18 months.

But last week, letters sent from the company's payroll department in Fargo, North Dakota, were posted online by TechCrunch explaining, "an inadvertent error occurred that resulted in an overpayment of severance pay by Microsoft", and asking former employees for the excess back.

A Microsoft spokesman told AccountingWEB that 25 former Microsoft employees had received the letters.

"This was a mistake on our part. We shoul...

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