Recently, one former head of the detective branch of a city's police force in another state was forced to accept paid leave over a dispute concerning overtime pay. Though this did not take place in California, it could be of interest to workers residing here. According to a police union representative, the man submitted a payment request in connection with overtime hours he put in on a regularly scheduled off-duty day last October, after purportedly providing supervisory telecommunications support to his fellow detectives. The captain then submitted his payroll slip to his chief, who initially approved the overtime wages. Thereafter, a payment dispute erupted.
The lawyer for the city later stated that the captain violated a policy that requires an employee to physically check in before any overtime pay can be approved. The captain allegedly did not clock in or provide the supervision from the station. As a result, he has been placed on leave until the matter can be fully explored and resolved. It is supposedly expected that the former captain will seek retirement later this month.
According to the city's attorney, both sides have agreed to delay any further actions on this case until later this month, at which time the former captain will have recorded his full 20 years of service. That would make him eligible for full pension and other benefits. It is unknown what actions the man is considering taking in an effort to resolve this payment dispute.
There have been rumors that the actions taken are of a disciplinary nature, stemming from previous actions by the former captain. However, there is no indication that this is anything other than a payment dispute based on an alleged policy violation. California workers who find themselves in any type of work-related dispute with their employer may seek assistance from an employment law attorney in order to find the most satisfactory solution for their particular situation.
Source: niagara-gazette.com, "Overtime dispute pushed Lockport captain out on leave", Tim Fenster, Jan. 30, 2018