Posted: Dec 7, 2011 6:23 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Dec 7, 2011 6:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - An LSU Board of Supervisors internal audit of the LSU Student Health Center revealed a three-year abuse of the system in which vacation or leave days are monitored.
A 12 page report shows what an LSU Board of Supervisors Internal Auditor calls a history of non-compliance.
It shows employees were given extra paid vacation days, and unearned time off during the semester and holiday breaks after they had already used their allotment.
The report details seven employees were granted 57 days that were not entered into a system which tracks available vacation.
In 2010, the report shows one employee was not scheduled to work, yet she was paid for the four days she was off. And in May of this year, the audit says two nurses were paid for five days of work while they were off.
The report outlines a history of extended lunch breaks. Health center employees are suppose to take 30-minutes for lunch and two 15-minute breaks daily. The auditor revealed employees were constantly taking two-hour lunch breaks paid for by taxpayers.
During the months of November, December and January, the report says employees took paid "shopping days" granted to them by health center management. However, there's no record on how many shopping days taxpayers paid for, but dozens of vacation requests simply said "SD".
This report was submitted to the Chancellor's Office. Last May, a new health center director was hired and told to follow LSU's policies and procedures regarding vacation time. To read it, click here.