jacksonville, florida – UF Health employees continue to deal with the impact of a cyberattack on a hospital payroll vendor in December.
Some employees were underpaid after the attack, while others were well paid, and UF Health is now trying to get the money back.
Cyberattacks in December brought down the human resources functions of major hospital systems, not just UF Health, but Baptist Health and Ascension St. Vincent’s. An employee who spoke with I-TEAM on Tuesday said he feels his salary is already low because of inflation.
The employee, who works as a nurse’s assistant, spoke to I-TEAM on condition of anonymity out of fear of reprisal, but learned he had been overpaid more than $1,000 in recent weeks.
“That’s a lot of money. It’s even more money when you factor in rent, gas and childcare surcharges,” he said.
He said he received an email from HR telling him that the deductions from his salary would begin on August 11.
“I’m not doing anything here because I don’t know what the next payment period will be,” he said.
For those who were paid more than he said, the email said the money would be deducted from his salary from August 11th to December 29th.
A UF Health spokesperson said it offers several ways to pay back wages, including installment payments over the next five months and paid leave payments.
In a statement to I-TEAM, a UF Health spokesperson said: Possible. “
I-TEAM reported in January that Ascension St. Vincent’s was offering repayment options to employees who accidentally overpaid due to a cyberattack.
Baptiste Health told I-TEAM on Tuesday that it has forgiven its employees for overpaying them last year and is working on a solution to repay the wages of some employees who were mistakenly overpaid this year.
Baptist Health’s statement reads:
“During the Kronos global shutdown, Baptist Health paid team members an estimated amount using a combination of scheduled work hours and average pay based on previous pay cycles. The priority was to avoid disrupting payroll due to this outage, and when actual hours worked were matched against estimated hours worked, some team members were found to be overpaid. Provided an opportunity to review and validate adjustment calculations.We are now carefully reviewing our repayment plans.We are considering using available Paid Time Off (PTO) funds and payroll deductions over multiple pay periods. , we plan to implement a fair process for team members to have multiple repayment methods, the final amount outstanding will be only the overpayment for 2022. A decision has been made to allow team members to overpay for 2021. Did.”
A UF Health employee told I-TEAM he feels like he’s being punished for someone’s mistake.
“We are focused on patient care and doing the best work possible for our patients,” he said. “And whatever salaries and Kronos, I think salaries should do the same for UF Health employees.”
UF Health says it has completed a settlement process for employees who were underpaid due to the cyberattack.
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