Nevada County payroll gaffe causes $40K in overpayments |

Nevada County payroll gaffe causes $40K in overpayments

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; A payroll error will force 57 Nevada County employees to give back more than $40,000 in overpayments made to them during the past three years.

In addition, the error also caused the county to underpay 75 employees by $2,326 during the same period.

The mistake was made in various departments, but the bulk of the employees work for the Sheriff’s Office, county Auditor-Controller Marcia Salter said Friday.

and#8220;It’s a manual calculation that happened four times over the past three years,and#8221; Salter said. and#8220;There is potential for human error in manual procedures.and#8221;

The affected employees will have to give the money back in payroll deductions over the same time period that it was paid out to them, according to Salter.

and#8220;There is no option. They’re public funds, and (the employees) are required by law to return it,and#8221; Salter said. Otherwise, the county would be liable for making illegal gifts of public funds.

The problem came to light in February when an employee e-mailed Salter’s department about a paycheck mistake.

Underpaid employees will receive their due at the end of the current pay period, Salter said.

and#8220;Anyone whose pay was affected is not happy, but most of them understood when we talked to them,and#8221; Salter said.

The overpayments varied from 81 cents to $2,800, Salter said. The underpayments also occurred in various departments, from 27 cents to $215.

Tracking down the mistakes took a long time, and employees learned about them in late-June letters, Salter said.

and#8220;My office regrets the error and has implemented additional checks and balances to further reduce the occurrences of human error,and#8221; Salter said.

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