Payroll boss on vacation, Black Friday checks late

About 1,200 government employees in a northeastern Pennsylvania county are getting their Black Friday paychecks late because the person in charge of payroll went on vacation and didn’t approve an electronic transfer.

Luzerne County administration officials say they corrected the error by Friday afternoon.

The Citizens’ Voice newspaper in Wilkes-Barre reports some employees were paid in the early afternoon, while payments were in the works for others.

County Manager Robert Lawton has apologized.

Union official Paula Schnelly says she received calls and texts from employees missing their electronically deposited paychecks. County employee John Engleman posted a comment on the newspaper’s Facebook page saying he’d received five insufficient-funds charges tied to automatic bill payments he had set up.

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