A report from Auditor General William Holland's office finds overtime regulations have allegedly been violated by Illinois Department of Corrections prison guards.
Holland's audit found that employees allegedly took part is "shift swapping." That involves employees putting their sick or personal time towards a regular shift, and then working a separate shift in the same day to earn overtime pay.
"While there may be instances where this would be a needed solution to a difficult staff coverage scenario, it could be a sign of abuse of overtime and may be against department policy," Holland's audit report reads.
In an interview with the Quad-City Times, AFSCME Council 31 spokesman Anders Lindall said strong proof has not been presented showing that "shift swapping" took place. Also, employees may have had legitimate reasons for not appearing at their regular shift, Lindall explained.
"It's not hard to envision a situation where a dad takes an earned vacation day to be sure he can make his daughter's teachers conference and then receives a call asking if he can work a shift," he said.