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Pay chaos causes a headache for heads

16 August 2012

Lancashire head teachers are fielding hundreds of complaints from staff after a payroll error has led to overpayments by the LA’s payroll provider. Reports include supply teachers being paid one days’ pay for each hour they had worked.

So can staff keep the money? In this case it appears that the payments are one off large overpayments rather than a small increase over a sustained period. It should have been obvious to staff that they weren’t entitled to the money and should be paying it back. This has put head teachers in a difficult position, as they are having to deal both with the complaints and with getting the money returned.

One solution could be to agree to deduct the overpayment from pay over a period of time?

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