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Administration: Cabinet members have not been paid overtime

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GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, in a press briefing on KKMP radio Monday, reiterated that no cabinet member has been paid overtime.

Moreover, they said, no cabinet member will receive overtime pay without official authorization from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Palacios said based on his “full understanding of overtime regulations or laws, cabinet members, being exempt employees, are not allowed to be paid overtime pay. Unless the law has changed over the years, I believe that they are not entitled to [overtime pay].”

He added, “I have been in that situation where I have also had to help respond to disasters, but those were typhoons. What we need to do [now] is wait for additional guidance from [the Office of the Public Auditor] and/or the [Attorney General’s Office].”

An official request and authorization document leaked to the media indicates that the Department of Public Safety Commissioner Robert A. Guerrero is requesting 41 hours of overtime pay.

“That doesn’t mean that the cabinet member has already been paid,” Palacios said. “Let me be clear: in the very beginning of this [Covid-19] disaster, when we were looking at making sure that we had the appropriate level of personnel at either the airport, at the quarantine sites, or wherever we needed to have additional personnel brought in from different departments, we brought in our cabinet members into a special meeting, and clearly stated to the [governor’s authorized representative], to Homeland Security, and to all cabinet members, if indeed the cabinet members are going to be eligible [for overtime pay] under this disaster…that the administration would be taking care of the front liners first, and that the cabinet members would only be receiving overtime if they were authorized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.”

Palacios added, “[Cabinet members are] going to be the last to be paid out, probably in a fiscal year, if not beyond,” if they are eligible for OT pay.

When asked why he signed the DPS commissioner’s OT request, Torres said, “On regular days, they are not eligible for overtime. With this disaster being in place, they worked those hours, and I sign those hours. I want to make sure that that’s clear.”

He added, “We are working with FEMA, and…cabinet members…will not be paid until we get clearance from FEMA…as well as [from] our attorney general. The hours have been worked, and I need to sign that they did work those hours during [an emergency] declaration.”

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