Unexpected holiday cash for some Washington Post employees

A Romenesko reader sent this email about some Washington Post employees getting a retroactive payment due to a programming error. I’ve asked Jennifer Taylor of the paper’s HR department to tell us more. If you have information, please pass it along.

From: Wayne Connell
Date: Tue, Dec 4, 2012
Subject: ACTION NEEDED: Information Regarding a Retroactive Payment Due to You

The Post recently discovered a programming error related to the administration and payment of experience increases to certain Guild-covered employees, pursuant to Articles VI(2) and VI(4) of the Post-Guild Agreement.

After careful review of your pay records, we determined that you are entitled to a retroactive payment. To correct
this issue, The Post plans to send you a retroactive check payment. Please respond to this email by December 7th 2012 to provide an updated address if necessary.

If we do not receive a response, the check payment will be mailed to the address on record.

I apologize for this error. If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact Jennifer Taylor at (202) 334-XXXX or XXXXX@washpost.com.

Wayne Connell
Vice President, Human Resources
The Washington Post