French Settlement Aldermen Discuss AG opnion

French Settlement Mayor Toni Guitreau and Alderman Teresa Miller discuss the request the village will make to the state Attorney General on supplemental pay for the municipal police officers.

FRENCH SETTLEMENT – The Board of Aldermen agreed to seek an opinion from the state Office of the Attorney General regarding police overtime pay.

The issue relates to Attorney General Opinion No. 91-160 in support of a position that state supplemental pay must be added to police officer’s regular compensation for them to arrive at their overtime pay rate, according to the resolution.

Tim Pujol, attorney for the village, has said the OAG opinion does not apply to the village because it has a population of less than 12,000.

Guitreau said she requested the opinion although Pujol did not believe it needed to be done. Board members agreed with Guitreau. She said the document had last been revised in 1991.

An opinion from the OAG could take six months, Guitreau said.

The ruling also states that the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act does not apply to the matter because the village has fewer than five employees in the police department.

In addition, the village believes it is not required to add supplemental pay into the officer’s regular compensation in order to arrive at the overtime pay rate nor to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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