California overtime tops $1 billion, hits pre-recession high

Mar 23, 2015 10:27 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Payroll data shows overtime for California's state workers rose 20 percent last year and topped $1 billion even though there are 20,000 fewer employees than in pre-recession 2008, the last time the state paid out so much.

The increase comes after years of recommendations from the state auditor and budget analyst calling for reducing vacancies and negotiating less-costly labor contracts for workers in prisons and hospitals, which generate the most overtime pay.

According to the state controller's payroll data reviewed by The Associated Press, California spent $1.13 billion in 2014 in overtime pay for its 220,000 workers, compared to $947 million in overtime for roughly 215,000 workers in 2013.

Overall payroll went up 7 percent from $15.3 billion to $16.4 billion as California enjoys a second year of budget surplus.

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