PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – About a dozen Pender County Department of Social Services employees are still waiting to get paid for hundreds of hours of overtime.
In late February, Pender County officials said that the employees would not be paid until last year's audit is completed. The Director of Health and Human Services, Carolyn Moser, said the audit still is not ready to be presented to commissioners. For that reason she asked that Pender County Commissioners discuss the issue during their meeting next week and consider paying employees now.
Moser said much of the overtime comes from state-wide issues with the new NC FAST system that caused DSS employees all over North Carolina to work around the clock to fix the food stamp backlog. As of the end of February, 13 employees were waiting to be paid for more than $25,000 in overtime. Some employees were waiting to be paid $300 and $400 in overtime each.
Last fall the Director of Social Services, Dr. Rita Shiver, asked that employees be paid for their overtime instead of taking comp days because she said there was not enough time. Commissioners agreed and decided to pay the employees once the previous year's audit was complete.
Pender County Commissioners will discuss and potentially vote on Monday, whether to continue to wait for the audit to be completed, or to just pay employees now.
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