There was no work for a group of paralegals to do, the managers knew there was no work to do, but instead of adjusting the workforce for the workload managers told the workers to exercise or watch TV. No one wanted to upset the unions.
(From The Washington Times)
The underworked paralegals and supervisors concealed non-work activities by recording hours under the pay code as “other time.”
One official told investigators it was an open secret that “other time” was code for “I don’t have to work, but I’m going to get paid.”