CHARLESTON -- A misunderstanding regarding time clock policy for the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department was cleared up during the regular County Commission meeting Thursday.
County Clerk Junior DeLay said he was directed by the Commission to send a memo to the Mississippi County Detention Center advising the county's policy for those who fail to punch in and out is to not pay that employee for those time periods.
DeLay said he received an anonymous fax in response that "was basically attacking me for sending the memo," he said, as well as stating the policy was not legal.
DeLay said he contacted Ivan Schrader, legal counsel for the Missouri Association of Counties, who confirmed the Fair Labor Standards Act requires that employees be paid as long as the work is verified by a supervisor.
Presiding Commissioner Carlin Bennett said the Commission's intent was to withhold pay for hours worked when not clocked in until questions about the payroll were straightened out.
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