After a special meeting Monday night, there has been no change in a policy regarding overtime pay versus compensatory (comp.) time for overtime work and no exception was made to the rule for the employee who filed a grievance over the issue.

Parks and events coordinator Susann Huff filed the complaint over not being allowed to accumulate comp. time rather than overtime pay.


After a special meeting Monday night, there has been no change in a policy regarding overtime pay versus compensatory (comp.) time for overtime work and no exception was made to the rule for the employee who filed a grievance over the issue.
Parks and events coordinator Susann Huff filed the complaint over not being allowed to accumulate comp. time rather than overtime pay.
According to the city's payroll policy, a non-exempt employee may, with the concurrence of the supervisor, take comp. time, which is an hour and a half for each hour over 40 worked in a week, up to 240 hours rather than overtime pay.
In her grievance letter to the board, she said she told her supervisor, public works director Ed Young, that the events budget could not afford to pay her overtime. When they could not come to terms on the issue, she filed the grievance with the board.
Young said using overtime pay rather rather than comp. time limits the city's financial exposure. From a payroll point of view, they know at the end of the week how much they people.
According to Huff, she had 181.125 hours of comp. time in 2010, which in overtime pay would have been a $1,834.80 more.
"I have worked hard to keep my overtime down in 2010. I use my comp. time mostly in the winter months when there is not a lot going on with the events and for my Fireworks tent in June and July, which I still keep up with my job," she stated in her letter. "This (comp. time) has always worked for the events. I feel changing this now will hurt the events more this year because of the three new events in the works for the fairgrounds."
After aldermen discussed the issue, Mayor Chuck Chorpening called for a motion. None was made, and the hearing closed.
According to the meeting minutes, Huff said she would accept the board's decision, but would not withdraw her grievance.