HGEA estimated that the arbitration decision could cost the state as much as $150 million.
Expected settlements could put a significant dent into county budgets. The state, meanwhile, has yet to enter into negotiations with unions over the issue.
Members of IBEW 1260 had to pick up the pieces after former business manager Brian Ahakuelo and his wife were convicted.
But Jonathan Taum also was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for the attack, so he isn't expected back at work anytime soon.
Some senators want to ensure the remote workers are properly supervised and are productive.