- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) - The Denham Springs City Council has closed a loophole in the city’s employee pay code expected to save tens of thousands of dollars per year.

Under the previous code, employees were able to include vacation time in the calculation to determine when they could begin receiving overtime pay. City employees - with the exception of police officers, whose overtime starts after 84 hours per 14-day period, and firefighters, whose overtime starts after 204 hours per 27-day period - must accumulate 40 hours per week before earning time-and-a-half-pay. Now, the city employees will not be allowed to count vacation time to qualify for overtime pay.

Mayor Jimmy Durbin tells The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1sif0VY ) allowing employees to accumulate hours through vacation time cost the city an additional $22,000 in the last seven months. He said he was not aware of any private companies or municipal governments that have such a pay structure, which had been implemented in Denham Springs in the ‘90s.

When asked, the mayor said the use of vacation time to earn time-and-a-half pay did not appear to be limited to any particular department and that the matter seemed to stretch “across the board.”

No one spoke in the public hearing on the issue before it was unanimously passed by the council.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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