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FBI’s Excessive Overtime Pay Offers Lessons For All Employers

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Employers both big and small, in the private and public sectors, and in all industries are susceptible to high overtime costs. But you've probably got nothing on the FBI. According to a U.S. Justice Department audit that was released in December, the FBI paid $7.8 million in improper wages to agents temporarily posted in Iraq from 2003 through 2007.

 

The report states that FBI agents uniformly claimed overtime for working 16 hours per day, every day of their 90-day assignments, even when they worked fewer than 16 hours. "We found that, on the whole, few if any employees in Iraq worked exactly 16 hours a day," said the report.

 

Here's where the agency went wrong, and what your company can do right to keep OT costs down.

 

1. Supervisors encouraged and condoned the practice of recording 16 work hours per day in an effort to maximize compensation for agents who volunteered for duty in Iraq and to reward them for en...(register to read more)

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