- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Department of Labor has confirmed that it’s investigating the Austin Police Department, and documents obtained by a Texas newspaper indicate that it’s about unpaid overtime.

The Labor Department said its Wage and Hour Division is looking into complaints against the Police Department, but it wouldn’t comment further. The Austin American-Statesman (https://atxne.ws/1JWRGHG ) reported that documents point to the review involving officers showing up early for work so they’re ready when their shifts officially begin.

City Manager Marc Ott notified city council members in a Wednesday memo that the agency had contacted its law department over concerns for work performed by some police officers prior to the start of their patrol shifts.

Ott’s memo came hours after Austin Police Association President Kenneth Casaday notified union members in a news bulletin that a lawsuit was in the works. Casaday said union lawyers had advised him not to discuss the issue, but did say that the union will hold meetings over the next month to gather officers’ input.

The Austin police union has met with the city’s labor relations office at least once over concerns with overtime pay, according to the city.

“We’re currently reviewing the matter,” a statement from the city said. “We have a good working relationship with the APA and we’re optimistic we will be able to bring this to a positive resolution.”

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, https://www.statesman.com


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