Employees asked to repay Houston district to fix payroll problem

Sept. 6, 2012
3,500 who are on 12-month work schedules are affected

From The Houston Chronicle: About 3,500 principals, supervisors, secretaries and other non-teaching employees in the Houston school district are being asked to forfeit vacation days or repay money to the district to correct a payroll problem that has lingered for 12 years. Officials say they are trying to end a practice in which the school system has advanced money to thousands of employees and required repayment--typically through unused vacation days--when they exited. Most employees are expected to cover the costs by surrendering accrued days off, but others will have to pay cash if they haven't accumulated enough days or don't want to lose the vacation and sick time. Few teachers are affected because the overpayments involved only employees who work 12-month schedules.

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