Monday a Friend of McHenry County Blog wrote a piece showing that McHenry County Board member Carlos Acosta was clocking in at his DCFS job while attending some committee meetings.
As you know, state employees work an 8.5 hr day (8:30 am to 5 pm), but only get paid for 7.5 hours.
There is a built-in unpaid lunch hour.
As I understand our contract, if an employee uses benefit time for less than half of the business day (less than 4.25 hrs), they can also utilize their unpaid lunch hour.
The contract only states that the lunch hour shall be utilized (I’m paraphrasing) at the middle of their shift.
For example, an employee that takes 4 hrs. off in the afternoon (1 pm to 5 pm) could actually leave during their unpaid lunch from 12 – 1.
One of the quirks of our (old) timekeeping system is that the hours in a day must equal 8.5.
So the above example would be coded as working from 8:30 until 1 pm (4.5 hrs) and then on benefit time from 1 pm to 5 pm (4 hrs.).
On the days referenced, I was utilizing benefit time from 8:30 am until 12 pm.
I utilized my unpaid lunch hour from 12 pm to 1 pm and reported to work at 1 pm.
The timesheet correctly shows 8:30 am to 12 pm (3.5 hrs) benefit time and 12 pm to 5 pm (5 hrs) contracted time, which equals 8.5 hours.
The author of Monday’s article presents the following from the Department of Children and Family Services for consideration: