David Chiu proposes lowering overtime cap per San Francisco employee 

As San Francisco is on pace to bust through its overtime spending budget and spend more in overtime this fiscal year than last year, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu introduced legislation Tuesday that would lower the per worker overtime cap of 30 percent of hours worked to 20 percent of hours worked, or 416 hours instead of 624 hours. Waivers are granted for city workers to exceed the cap.

During the first six years of the current fiscal year, 74 workers had exceeded the cap by using exemptions, some even working more than 1,000 hours of overtime.

“There are still scores of employees that work that level of hours. That’s 80 hours of work for almost four months before they need to get an exemption,” Chiu said.

The legislation will also require a written explanation for why waivers were granted, to be submitted to the City Controller’s Office.

“Overtime continues to remain a significant issue for our budget,” Chiu said. The City is expected to exceed its overtime budget by $40 million.

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