02RS HB596


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HB 596 (BR 1630) - J. Gray

     AN ACT relating to compensatory time.
     Amend 337.285 to permit county employers to grant compensatory time in lieu of overtime pay, in accordance with federal law.


     HCS - Retain original provisions and allow county employees to request compensatory time in lieu of overtime wages provided there is agreement between the employer and the county employee, and the request is made without coercion, pressure, or suggestion by the employer; provide county employees who work in excess of 40 hours in public safety activity, emergency response activity, or seasonal activity be allow to accrue up to 480 hours in compensatory time and allow other county employees to accrue up to 240 hours; provide that request by county employee for compensatory time off be granted as long as it does not unduly disrupt the employer's operation, and specify that mere inconvenience to the employer does not constitute sufficient basis for denial of compensatory time off; provide that accrued compensatory time, if paid, be at the regular rate earned by the county employee, and upon the termination of the county employee all unused compensatory time be paid at either the average wage of the employee in the last 3 years or the county employee's final wage rate, whichever is higher; provides that compensatory time shall not be used to avoid overtime compensation; provide for an exclusion for any collective bargaining agreement or memorandum of understanding or agreement between the employer and the representative of the employees; provide that county employee shall mean an employee of any county, charter county, consolidated local government, or urban-county government including an employee of a county elected official; and amend KRS 337.990 to add a civil penalty of not less than $1,000 for subsequent violation.

     HFA (1, A. Simpson) - Add city employees to provisions of bill to permit city employers to grant compensatory time in lieu of overtime pay.

     Feb 5-introduced in House
     Feb 6-to Local Government (H)
     Feb 22-posted in committee
     Mar 7-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Mar 8-2nd reading, to Rules; floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
     Mar 13-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, March 14, 2002
     Mar 14-3rd reading, passed 89-1 with Committee Substitute
     Mar 15-received in Senate
     Mar 19-to State and Local Government (S)
     Mar 21-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar
     Mar 22-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 29-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Friday, March 29, 2002; 3rd reading, passed 38-0
     Apr 1-received in House; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
     Apr 11-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 329)

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