Friday, February 25, 2011
TDCJ stops the use of madatory overtime based on sick leave
As previously reported by the Backgate just last week, TDCJ had started the practice of mandating employee overtime based on whether or not an employee called in sick that week or not. And in some cases, took an approved day off. Just two days ago, Huntsville administrators decided against allowing units to continue the practice. The TDCJ written overtime policy never contained or approved the practice, and due to employee complaints and media attention, it was corrected.
Now called in to question are the many employee disciplinary actions that occurred after employees refused to work the mandated overtime after calling in sick. TDCJ made the right call on this one. It was sure to end up costing the state millions in lawsuits that they surely don't have in this time of budget shortfalls. There is a better way to regulate sick time abuse, but its not or never will be justified or legal to retaliate against employees for using accrued sick time afforded to them under policy. Much less accrued holiday or comp time. Now get on the ball and create a real sick abuse policy !