In the midst of the pension discussion in Wisconsin, one item that should be added to our new sense of frugality is stand by pay for government employees.
In my years in payroll, stand by time is often paid incorrectly. Most union agreements I have reviewed stipulate paying stand by time as "regular pay". All too often, stand by time is paid at time and a half and sometimes even double time.
Stand by time is needed for public workers such as water quality in the event an alarm is sounded at the well house.
What are your experiences with stand by time? Should there be a national standard for governmental employees? If the federal government sets the minimum wage - should the federal government cap the amount of wage for government employees for stand by time?
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