French Settlement Town Hall

French Settlement Town Hall

FRENCH SETTLEMENT – The Board of Aldermen will vote tonight whether to seek an opinion from the state Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) office regarding police overtime pay.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m.

The overtime pay 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.

It 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.

The board will also discuss amendments to the travel reimbursement ordinance that would allow a higher advance for travel out of state.

The village currently provides a $30 advance on per diem but will accept additional receipts up to $75 per day, including the advanced amount.

The request came from officers from the French Settlement Police Department, Guitreau said.

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