Thirty-six thousand state employees started receiving layoff notices today. The notices were mailed out by Minnesota Management and Budget on Thursday.
“This letter is to inform you of the impending shutdown and to provide notice to all employees you will be laid off or placed on involuntary, unpaid leave of absence effective July 1, 2011 unless you are notified by your agency to report to work to perform “critical services,” it reads.
The letter also says state employees will be paid on July 1, 2011 for all hours worked during the June 8 – 21 pay period. Employees will be paid on July 15, 2011 for all hours worked between June 22 – June 30. The letter also says state workers will be allowed to continue their insurance coverage during a shutdown but employee status will determine whether the state will pay its contribution to the benefits.