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SEATTLE - A few weeks after launching the first wide-scale layoffs in its history, Microsoft Corp. admits it messed up a key part of the plan.
The company is asking some laid-off employees for a portion of their severance back, saying an administrative glitch caused the software maker to pay them too much.
Lou Gellos, a Microsoft spokesman, would not say how many of the 1,400 workers let go in January were overpaid, or by how much. Microsoft has said severance would be calculated by length of service and position in the company.
PressPass: Does this acceleration of the campus expansion mean that Microsoft also intends to increase staffing faster than previously planned?
Smith: We will continue to hire quality people to be a part of our Microsoft team as the company grows, but making room for new employees is not the only reason we need more space. We also have overcrowding issues with current employees. By accelerating development now, we will have enough room for the new people that we expect to hire in the coming years, and also relieve our current overcrowding.