Georgia Dept of Human Resources creates tougher rules

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Department of Human Resources has
established tougher rules for hourly employees in the wake of an
employee making as much as $126,500 a year.

The agency's action comes in the wake of an inspector general's
investigation of Cynthia Tate, who lived in Chicago and regularly
commuted to Georgia for her work as a consultant, billing at $50 an

She billed 2,530 hours in 2006 - an average of 48 hours a week
for all 52 weeks that year.

The department now limits hourly employees to an average of no
more than 29 hours a week, and if they exceed that regularly, the
worker will be converted to a salaried position.

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