SF City Overtime Redux

Looks like the overtime for some San Francisco city employees has once again become excessive. This seems to happen every year. This year the Supervisors are actually looking at doing something about it.

From SFGate:

The city’s spending on overtime has increased sharply since 2000, and the Board of Supervisors will hear a proposal this week to limit the amount of extra time individual employees can work…The measure would bar employees from exceeding 30 percent more hours than usually scheduled. For a full-time employee who works 2,080 hours in a year, that would limit overtime hours to 624.

Employees also would be barred from working more than 80 hours a week.

City departments could request an exemption for “critical staffing shortages,” which would require approval from the city’s director of human resources or the head of the Municipal Transportation Agency, depending on the employee.

Also, the limitations would be lifted in the event of disasters and other emergencies where public safety is threatened. The supervisors would receive a monthly report on the city departments that use the most overtime.

I really don’t have a problem with employees working overtime, particularly in areas such as public safety, but it is a bit irritating that so many employees are making so much in OT when human service organizations other city non-profits have to go without due to a lack of funding.