Changes Coming to State Corrections After Bipartisan Complaints


Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield is rolling back some of the new overtime rules that resulted in severe manpower shortages of correctional officers.

Beginning Saturday, the state employees will be paid overtime once they’ve worked 160 hours on a 28-day schedule. Previously, they had to work 171 hours to qualify for the premium wages. In a letter announcing the change, Schofield said he also would assess the overtime budget before Jan. 1 and “make a determination of how we proceed.”

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