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State prison officers must repay overtime

About two dozen state prison officers are stuck repaying overtime that they weren’t supposed to receive – through no fault of their own.

Twenty-five prison corrections officers were inadvertently overpaid when their work schedules were improperly changed in the state payroll system BEACON; state law requires that they repay.

The officers had been on 28-day cycles but had their cycles switched to 40-hour weeks when they returned from leaves or their work locations changed, which allowed for more overtime to be paid.

When the state Department of Public Safety discovered the mistake and corrected the payroll system, BEACON automatically deducted all the overpayment, which meant some employees wouldn’t have had a paycheck for November – and in other cases, no paycheck for several months.

So that employees are not left without a way to pay their bills, the agency is advancing the officers their pay minus 10 percent each month until the overpayments are settled.

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