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More than 200 Florida A&M employees don’t get paychecks

Florida A&M University plans to investigate why 242 employees did not
receive paychecks this week, the school’s president said.

Florida A&M University President James Ammons said
Friday he regretted any inconvenience caused by the problem, which he said was
related to “the timely submission and process of employee documentation.”

“We are going to investigate and those persons who are
responsible for the delays are going to be held accountable,” Ammons said
in a statement sent to the Tallahassee Democrat.

Florida A&M has been beset by financial troubles for
several years. Recently, a preliminary audit of the budget year ending in June
2006 found that FAMU failed to pay employees on time, give raises, properly
perform annual evaluations, and document employees’ leave time and sabbaticals.

This week’s problem affected employees like Marion Harmon, a
professor in the computer information systems department. He said he called
several departments until someone told him he would get paid by Monday or

“Well, which one is it: Monday or Tuesday?” said
Harmon, a 21-year-employee of the university. “The fact of the matter is a
lot of people didn’t get paid. Nothing has changed.”

Harmon and other faculty members are paid bi-weekly. He said
he received pay for the first summer session, but not the second session,
despite handing in paperwork for both sessions.

Ammons’ first official day on the job was July 2 after he
took over for Castell Bryant.

Information from: Tallahassee Democrat,

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