Highway chief counsel put on administrative leave

Following an audit that revealed at least $74,000 paid out to legal staff for time not worked, the Arkansas Highway Commission voted to suspend the state Highway and Transportation Department’s chief counsel pending the agency’s internal investigation.

The vote was unanimous today, placing Robert Wilson on administrative leave with pay after auditors discovered in July that employees in the legal department were receiving two extra hours of paid time off for errands, according to Arkansas News. The practice has been around since the 1990s and was originally enacted when employees working late hours complained of being required to report at the usual time the next morning.

Highway Director Scott Bennett said he assumed the comments to mean the employees be paid for the time they worked, late hours included.

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