Hack of the day: Doug Rubin

After a long hiatus someone has finally done something so egregious as to earn our coveted Hack of the Day award once again.  Today’s honor goes to former Patrick Chief of Staff and current campaign consultant Doug Rubin.  The Boston Herald is reporting that Rubin cashed out with $11,000 in vacation days.

Gov. Deval Patrick’s tough talk on vacation pay perks in state government has landed with a thud in the Corner Office where his top strategist and 21 other exiting staffers cashed in more than $90,500 in unused vacation days last year.

Three of Patrick’s ex-staffers, including former chief of staff Doug Rubin, got $11,000-plus in vacation pay upon leaving. Rubin, who made $128,000 as his top dog, now acts as the governor’s re-election campaign guru, refused to comment.

But the governor, who blasted Massport for its buyback program on vacation and sick days, vowed to check into his own office after being informed by the Herald of the vacation time cash-in. “We want consistent policies throughout state government,” Patrick said. “I’ll have to look at it.”

There are those that say there is a hack vs. Patrick Administration culture on Beacon Hill.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Deval Patrick and those closest too him are Kings of the Hacks.

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  • Deval Patrick has consistently shown that rules are for others. Do as I say, not as I do. What reform?

    Gov. Deval Patrick’s tough talk on vacation pay perks in state government has landed with a thud in the Corner Office where his top strategist and 21 other exiting staffers cashed in more than $90,500 in unused vacation days last year.

    Three of Patrick’s ex-staffers, including former chief of staff Doug Rubin, got $11,000-plus in vacation pay upon leaving. Rubin, who made $128,000 as his top dog, now acts as the governor’s re-election campaign guru, refused to comment.

    In total, unused vacation and sick days paid out to departing employees in state government cost taxpayers more than $41 million in 2009, according to a Herald payroll analysis. The Comptroller would not release the number of days paid out, although some workers exited with six-figure payouts.

    Records provided by the state comptroller to the Herald shows nine employees racked up $100,000-plus in buybacks while heading out the door, with one Salem State College retiree leaving with $151,200.

    Give the money back Doug Rubin.

    http://www.bostonherald.com/ne

    BOSTON – Gov. Deval Patrick says the Massachusetts Port Authority has “got to change” a program allowing workers to be paid for up to 15 unused vacation days each year.

    The Boston Herald reported Wednesday that one retiring worker combined the vacation bonus with a buyback of his unused sick leave to receive a nearly $300,000 lump sum before he began collecting his pension last year.

    Patrick says he has been exasperated about the perks at quasi-independent agencies like Massport, which runs Logan International Airport and port facilities in Boston.

    EXASPERATED?

    http://www.masslive.com/news/i

    Mass. jobless rate at 34-year high

    But hiring uptick suggests worst may be over, analysts say

    By Robert Gavin, Globe Staff  

    March 5, 2010

    The Massachusetts economy gained jobs for the first time in 18 months, but far from enough to keep the unemployment rate from rising to its highest level since the summer of 1976, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported yesterday.

    Employers added 400 jobs in January, the state’s first gain since July 2008, while the unemployment rate rose to 9.5 percent from 9.3 percent in December. Even when the economy is adding jobs, unemployment can rise if jobs aren’t created quickly enough to keep up with the growth of the labor force.

    The state also released revisions to employment data that show the recession hit Massachusetts harder than first thought. Since the recession began here in March 2008, the state has lost 166,000 jobs, about 30,000 more than initially reported, according to the revised data.

    http://www.boston.com/business

    By the way Deval Patrick, $30 million brings all communities to the promised 17.5% of foundation budget that you promised would happen in 2011. I wonder where we can find the money?

    If hypocrisy were currency we would have no recession.

  • … then they are breaking the law.

    http://en.allexperts.com/q/Emp

    Employers who choose to provide paid vacation to their employees must treat those payments like any other wages under M.G.L. c. 149, s. 148.  Withholding vacation payments is the equivalent of withholding wages and, as such, is illegal.  Employees must be paid for all earned vacation upon termination of employment.

  • AmberPaw

    My reality is that as a self employed professional, I have not had one day of paid vacation or sick time since 1981.  I am not complaining, mind you, as I have had the incredible luxury of living my ethics and fighting for what I believe to be right as a solo attorney while also being able to raise two special needs kids myself with my husband and NO nanny, both high maintenance with multiple providers (think 10-15 doctors appointments a month for years to take kids to).  Not the road to riches but no regrets either.

  • …I have about a half dozen Uncle Scrooge comic books to read before my new shipment of comics comes in tomorrow.  ðŸ™‚

    I can’t spend ALL DAY scrounging around RMG on my day off work!

  • There are two issues as far as I am concerned:

    1) That the state allows employees to accrue massive amounts of sick/vacation time and carry it over from year to year with few limits (I can’t recall the particulars, but they are like nothing you would find on the private side).  

    2) Deval’s hypocrisy or ignorance.  Either he didn’t understand that his employees receive the same generous accrual or he was being a hypocrite.

    Rubin didn’t do anything wrong (other than work for Deval).  He simply collected the money he was owed under the state’s outrageous benefits program.  $11K is one month of pay for someone making $128K/year.  Given the state’s allowances, it’s not crazy that he would be owed a month’s worth of time.

  • That the private sector you love so much has the same rules?  If you left a job in which you accrued vacation time and were not paid it on leaving, you have a cause for action against your employer; he owes you wages and has not paid them.  Your employer can make rules about use it or lose it, or cap the amount of time you accrue, but they have to pay it out if you have unused vacation when you separate.

    The state’s rules are about the same as some of my private sector employers have had in the past, at companies in places like Missouri and Ohio, not exactly liberal bastions. This is, basically, Not News.  Rubin did a job, got paid, didn’t take any vacation time, and had it paid to him.  Just like any other employee ought to have done when they leave any company in Massachusetts which offers paid vacation time.