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Overpayment

Specializes in Intensive Care.

So my first check with my new company I know i was overpayed by about $1500+ and so of course I immediatley reported it to my director who said go-ahead and deposit it we will follow up with it on Monday. I repeatedly followed up with them regarding it i was eventually told by my director that she nor HR found any error. Well fast forward two weeks and i just got my next paycheck and ive been i overpaid by about $1000. Ive looked at my pay stubs and they are reflecting hours i did not work. Im at a loss of what to do. Ive reported it and yet i feel again I've been overpaid. I feel like ive done my due diligence in reporting it. What else can i do? TIA for any advice.

I would email your HR dept so that you have a record of your attempt at due diligence to rectify the situation. Make sure that you detail everything that has occurred including your actual hours worked vs what you were mistakenly paid for. Keep the money available in your account; if you have direct deposit, they may have the capability to withdraw the overage or they will simply count it as advanced pay.

Any job openings where you work??

JK :D Seriously, that is almost as alarming as getting shorted. I seriously hope some other employee isn't getting a nasty surprise when they open their checks :( Not your fault, though. You are doing the right thing and the only thing.

Keep a 'document trail' of times and dates when you notified HR, a detailed account of the overpay (hours you didn't work but were paid for). Include a brief note of what was said in any phone calls -- just in case. No good deed goes unpunished (every once in a while).

WookieeRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in PACU.

I would definitely keep a record of communication (hard and electronic copies) and put the money aside somewhere where you won't touch it. I've heard stories of things like this coming back to haunt people MONTHS later after an audit or something and it being a nightmare.

ALWAYS CYA!!

This happened to me, once I was overpaid 1500. I called and emailed HR until it was resolved. They had me return the difference via money order. I wish they just would have taken it out of my next check instead of me having to go to the bank and pay for the money order.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education.

I was once overpaid in tuition reimbursement- over the limit of what the facility paid out annually. They were quite willing to work it out so that instead of having to repay the whole thing at once, I could repay via payroll deduction over 2 checks (small amount and easier to do it that way than to write a check and deliver it to HR, which was at a different facility than the one I physically work in). Whatever you do, don't spend the money. While they were glad I was upfront about the overpayment, there would have been a negative balance showing the next time the report was run, so it would have been discovered somehow. At some point, some bean counter is going to pick up on your overpayments.

FloridaGatorRN

Specializes in Intensive Care.

Thanks all for the advice. Basically what wound up happening is they gave me someone else's employee ID number. We were both clocking in with the same ID number. So basically the hours were reflecting two people's 36 hour work weeks so we both got over paid for overtime. However bad for the other person is that they didn't report that their paycheck was over so now they have some splaining to do. Alas it pays to be honest my friends.

WookieeRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in PACU.

Thanks all for the advice. Basically what wound up happening is they gave me someone else's employee ID number. We were both clocking in with the same ID number. So basically the hours were reflecting two people's 36 hour work weeks so we both got over paid for overtime. However bad for the other person is that they didn't report that their paycheck was over so now they have some splaining to do. Alas it pays to be honest my friends.

Yikes for the other person, but this is exactly why honesty is (usually) the best policy.

Edited by WookieeRN

Always be honest. Glad it worked out for you OP

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