As of August 8, Phillips County employees will be subject to a new overtime policy.

At Tuesday night's regular monthly meeting of the Quorum Court, JPs OKayed an ordinance amending the county's Personnel Policy and Procedure Manual to approve compensatory time off agreements instead of the payment of overtime.

As of August 8, Phillips County employees will be subject to a new overtime policy.

At Tuesday night's regular monthly meeting of the Quorum Court, JPs OKayed an ordinance amending the county's Personnel Policy and Procedure Manual to approve compensatory time off agreements instead of the payment of overtime.

The county's “non-exempt” employees subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act will now receive compensatory time off rather than overtime pay. The compensatory time off rate is set at 1 and ½ hours for every hour worked above the hours in a normal work week.

The normal work period was established as follows:

• 37 and ½ hours per week for all courthouse employees

• 40 hours for all county road department employees

• No more than 171 hours in a 28-consecutive day work period for law enforcement officers.

Under the new policy, overtime will be paid only in emergencies when it has been determined that the public health, welfare and safety of the community is endangered. No overtime hours will be worked or paid without the prior approval of the elected official or the department head designated by the elected official.

All county employees will be required to sign a Compensatory Time Agreement. The time must be used within 60 days after the accumulation of the time. If an employee fails to take the compensatory time within that 60-day period, the elected official or department head has the authority and discretion to require the taking of all compensatory within the following 60-day period.

Overtime hours accumulated by county clerk employees during election season are exempt from this provision.

Paid leave days do not count toward calculating overtime hours unless the employee actually worked on a paid leave day. For example, a holiday worked by an employee.

County employees will not receive double time.