St Paul, MN (KROC AM News) - The Minnesota Legislative Auditor has released an audit of overtime pay involving state employees and it shows they received $270 million during the last three fiscal years.

The office says it conducted the audit to determine whether state departments that paid the highest amounts of overtime and employee business expense reimbursements had adequate internal controls and complied with payroll and other legal requirements.

The audit found the largest amount of OT was paid to employees of the State Colleges and Universities system and the Human Services and Transportation departments. A security counselor who works at the Human Services Department received the most in overtime pay the last three years, collecting nearly $300,000 in extra pay.

The office says while a lot of money was spent on overtime, the audit found all the submitted costs were verified.

Other findings:

Employees earn large amounts of overtime for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Employees voluntarily working vacant shifts on their off days or in
    addition to their scheduled shift.
    • Employers requiring employees to fill vacant shifts at 24-hour facilities.
    • Employees working on special projects with deadlines, such as the
    MNsure information technology system

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