By: Diane Benjamin
This might be a State-wide policy for hourly employees. I’m positive it happens at ISU. I’ve heard prisons do the same thing, readers can tell me where else it happens. I’ve got the smartest readers on the planet (and no time to research further).
The easiest way to describe this is with an example. Employee A works 37.5 hours per week and is paid hourly.
Civil Service employees are not allowed to work less than 7.5 hours a day – whether they really work or not.
If Employee A only works 5 hours, the other 2 1/2 will be paid as personal time, vacation, whatever.
Employee A then works 10 hours the next day to get caught up. “A” is paid OVERTIME for 2 1/2 hours.
“A” hasn’t worked more than 37.5 hours, but gets paid overtime anyway. I think ISU has 11 paid holidays. In one week employees can get holiday pay for 1 day plus overtime if they work more than 7.5 hours on the other days.
Employees can take time off for a doctor’s appoint and then earn overtime for making up the hours the next day. Go home sick, work more than 7.5 hours the next day and earn overtime. The possibilities for “gaming” the system are endless.
How much has this policy cost ISU? Received under the Freedom of Information Act: (click to enlarge)
Source: University OVT-1
The FOIA request for above was:
- the total spent on overtime for Civil Service employees at Illinois State University from July 2013 to current.
- the total number of comp time hours claimed for Civil Service employees at Illinois State University from July 2013 to current.
A FOIA request was also filed for:
- a breakdown of overtime for each Department, School, and unit that falls under the office of the Provost from July 13 to current.
- a breakdown of comp time hours claimed for each Department, School, and unit that falls under the office of the Provost from July 13 to current.
This document has those results: OVT and COMP Provost office-3
Now imagine what the cost is to taxpayers if this is a state-wide practice!
If it happens at ISU, mostly likely it at least happens at all State universities.
Where is the private sector can employees get paid overtime when no overtime is actually worked?
I’m sure ISU employees can explain this further. I don’t know when double-time is paid or the exact meaning of CTT and CTU.
Comment below to fill me in.