Local Politics

Governor seeks fix to state payroll problems

Posted August 12, 2008 6:20 a.m. EDT
Updated August 12, 2008 8:26 p.m. EDT

— Gov. Mike Easley on Tuesday asked State Controller Robert L. Powell to make sure that state employees get the pay due to them.

In response to reports of glitches in the state's new payroll system, the governor asked Powell to identify any employee who may have been short-changed in recent months and to "pay them as quickly as possible."

Since April, when the state rolled out the Beacon HR/Payroll Project, employees statewide have complained about not getting overtime and shift-differential pay.

Workers at the departments of Health and Human Services, Environment and Natural Resources, and Correction have all complained since the system went online.

The Beacon call center has received more than 64,000 questions and complaints since December.

The governor has asked Powell to work out both short-term and long-term solutions to address the problems.