The Washington Times - April 13, 2009, 09:42AM

A New York City law firm is paying some of its employees $80,000 to take a year off from work, the New York Times is reporting.

The payout amounts to a savings for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, some of whose lawyers earn three times that amount.  Employees who take the cut-rate furlough will be immune from future layoffs.

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About 10 percent of the firm’s 1,300 lawyers have taken the deal.

Who worked out this deal — a lawyer?

It’s stories like this that make me wonder whether I chose the wrong major in college.  Pre-law seemed so dull back then.

And I thought the only place you could get paid for not working was in the government.