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Sorry for late checks, SAG says

Staff doubled, e-delivery of payroll info mulled

The Screen Actors Guild has apologized to members for delays in processing residuals checks this year and pledged to eliminate the current backlog in the next few weeks.

Move comes following complaints by members about delays of up to several months in delivery of residuals. SAG announced Monday it has doubled the size of its processing staff by adding temps who will work six days a week until the backlog is eliminated.

The guild also said it is working with studios and payroll houses for electronic delivery of payroll info, with Paramount having started last month and Disney set to do so in May.

“We are aggressively pursuing all other studios and payroll houses to have them comply with electronic data delivery as soon as possible,” said Leonard Chassman, exec director of the Hollywood branch.

SAG said it processed 2.2 million residual payments worth $378 million dollars in 2000.

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