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November 02, 2004
County to Salaried Workers: Return OT Pay

An official in Palm Beach County in Florida is asking county workers to return nearly $2 million in overtime pay they received even though they were exempt from overtime, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

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County Clerk Dorothy Wilken says the county made a mistake in granting the overtime pay for work performed after recent hurricanes. Wilken contends the county has no policy that would allow exempt workers to receive overtime pay.

County Administrator Bob Weisman, who approved the overtime pay, says he has the authority to grant overtime pay for salaried workers. He tells the newspaper the option of compensatory time was unavailable because of the large number of hours the employees worked after the hurricanes.

Some of the employees worked more than 16 hours per day for seven days straight following Hurricane Frances. One worker earned $11,794.40 in overtime during the two weeks following Hurricane Frances, according to the newspaper.

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