ASG to ensure workers are paid earned overtime
ASG Treasurer Dr. Falema’o ‘Phil’ M. Pili says the government has put in place appropriate measures to ensure that the past problem of underpayment of workers' overtime hours will not occur again.
An investigation in 2011 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that some government employees' overtime hours were paid at a straight-time rate, instead of at one and one-half times their regular rates of pay as required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
Investigators also found that certain employees were not paid for all of their overtime hours worked. In total, USDOL said 256 employees, most of them police officers with the Department of Public Safety, were found to be owed back wages.
Asked what steps Treasury and ASG has taken to ensure that this problem will not occur in the future, Pili says, “we have a new payroll time card system being installed with federal regulation requirements which aligns with FSLA mandates.”
“These regulations will be incorporated in the system to prevent the re-occurrence of this dilemma,” he told Samoa News.
He also says that ASG paid out a total of $980,848 to the effected employees and all payments were released by Aug. 2nd as agreed upon with USDOL. “We are happy that we were able to pay it out,” he said, adding that the smallest check was for $4 and the largest check amount pay out was $22,500.
Terence Trotter, director of the USDOL Wage and Hour Division’s Honolulu District Office says they are in contact with ASG comptroller, Matthew Grady, who is providing proof of payment to USDOL by the territorial government.
Trotter had told Samoa News early this week that whenever the overtime hours are accrued, compensation should always be computed at time and one-half the regular rate of pay, and it's important for employers to pay employees in accordance with federal labor laws.
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