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Posted on: Thursday, October 11, 2001

Legislative office managers warned about work hours

Associated Press

State House members have been warned by House Speaker Calvin Say that some of their $30,000-a-year legislative office managers are abusing the system by not working the hours for which they are being paid.

"It has come to my attention that a handful of legislative office managers do not appear to have regular office hours, and moreover, it is speculated that some of these individuals may be employed outside the Capitol with hours of work that are the same as, or that overlap, the hours of work established by the House," Say said in an Oct. 4 memorandum to the 51 House members.

"We've raised this issue with them before and some don't seem to be responding to it," said Say, D-18th (Palolo, St. Louis, Kaimuki), "I hope they understand that this is serious."

Say agreed that accepting pay for hours not worked would constitute theft.

Although House members are given some flexibility in setting working hours, Say said, they should follow the normal business hours set by the House Administrative & Financial Manual: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.