It appears that our government may be guilty of more than one violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
I’ve already demonstrated that government employees in any capacity are covered by the FLSA. And part of the FLSA states that employers must maintain an accurate record of hours worked and wages paid, and that these records must be open for inspection by the Secretary of the US Department of Labor.
But it seems that no such records are kept for Legislative staffers. Channel 4 out of Pittsburgh has smelled blood in the water and is moving in for a fight:
Recently, Team 4 submitted a public records request to the state House of Representatives. Chief clerk Roger Nick sent a letter saying the House “does not possess time and attendance records that track an employee’s daily record of attendance.” Team 4 got the same answer from the clerk of the Senate.
All state employees must document their time worked. For most of us in civil service, this is a mostly-automated process through SAP. And employees in the legislative branch — those working under Governor Rendell (hooker jokes aside) — also document their time. So why isn’t the legislature and its employees documenting their time?
To my friends who work in the legislature: Sorry. 🙁
Thanks to WTAE for digging into this. To WGAL, WHTM, WHP, and The Patriot-News, where the hell are you guys? Tens of thousands of your readers, listeners, and viewers are counting on you, and you’re letting us down!