Payroll problems plague Maricopa County Community Colleges

(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

Faculty at Maricopa County Community Colleges say they’re fed up with payroll problems.

They say hundreds of instructors and other faculty members have been receiving incorrect paychecks.

“You have to laugh or cry, because it’s very discouraging, very demoralizing,” said Dwain Desbien, who teaches physics at Estrella Mountain Community College.

Desbien says the problems started in February when Maricopa County Community Colleges upgraded its human resources technology. Problems have been plaguing people’s paychecks ever since, with some faculty getting underpaid, and others being overpaid, with the district clawing back funds out of bank accounts.

“You can’t plan your life in that respect,” Desbien said. “I mean, when you literally don’t know in two weeks whether my paycheck is going to be right, you save as much as you can.”

In a written statement, the district admitted to having the problems and that they’re working to fix them:“Payroll errors are unacceptable," reads the statement from the Maricopa County Community College District Office. "Fixing the system problems, however, is anything but easy. Significant coding errors were found after implementation and even some substantial redesign of pay processing of faculty pay processes will be required before the payroll system is fully functional."But some faculty say the district hasn’t communicated well with staff members, and they just want to be paid what they’re due.

“It makes you feel unvalued,” Desbien said.

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