TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) – The City of Tupelo has agreed to pay more than $850,000 in back pay to police officers as a result of a lengthy period of faulty record keeping.
The city, with the approval of the city council, says it will pay $857,000 in back pay for the period of August 2015 to December 2016.
This is as a result of what the city acknowledges as inadequate record keeping that goes back as long as 20 years.
“Prior to implementation of the accurate timekeeping systems in late 2016, the police department had not properly accounted for or accurately recorded time worked by policemen,” stated the city.
“Prior to implementation of the accurate timekeeping systems in late 2016, the police department had maintained inadequate allowable compensatory time records to compensate police employees for overtime under FLSA [Fair Labor Standards Act] rules.”
“After implementation of the accurate timekeeping systems in late 2016, the city has maintained accurate timekeeping and record keeping in the police department since December 1, 2016.”
The city says affected officers will receive back wages for those hours cited as a violation period as calculated and determined by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Those officers will be notified, presented with a release and given a lump sum check for those hours.