19 thoughts on “November 28, 2015

  1. I’ve heard complaints like this from salaried employees before, but look at it this way: you always have a steady and reliable paycheque, you never have to worry about being cut down to 10 hours a week in January and you get benefits that part time employees are not entitled to. Many other employees would give anything for those things, so stop it.

    • You’re kidding right? Four months out of the year I was required to work 80 hours a week. I worked every holiday, and had blackout months for vacation. I stepped down and made more money, got every other holiday off, and could go on vacation anytime I wanted, except December.

      • I fail to see how you would have made ‘more’ money after stepping down. More per hour worked maybe, but your paycheque would have likely stayed the same or decreased. And if not, your company is screwed up. I know salaried stinks sometimes and the hours are ungodly, but you probably never had to choose between food and your electric bill, or wonder how you would put gas in the car to actually GET to work.

        • I worked 35 hours a week as an hourly supervisor at a national bookstore chain. I was promoted to a low level manager (40 hours, salary, with a raise to boot!) and when I got my bi-weekly oaychecks I realized that my promotion put me in a higher tax bracket, thus more money was being taken out of my checks for taxes, leaving me with overall a smaller income.

          I stepped down after two months back to my hourly job.

          • I once worked a job where a nickel an hour raise ended up costing me $20 a week. A raise of $5 a week put me in a higher tax bracket and that canceled out my raise five times over.

          • It’s possible it might be smaller take-home, but I think after you file your taxes, you should come out ahead. Going into a higher tax bracket does mean a higher percentage is taken out – but only of what’s over the threshold – not a higher percentage of everything. At least that’s how the Fed works. But, by the time you add in SS, Medicare, State, and City …. maybe there are spots where making more is making less.

      • I’m glad that, at my company, even salary employees have a general max hours they work. The only salaried person at my store is the store manager (we usually have less than no more than 10 employees outside of Christmas holiday shopping season). And they only work around 44 hours per week, max. My manager isn’t forced to work 60 hours a week, unless there’s a 100% need. Those “extra” hours instead go to supervisors and associates. Even the assistant manager isn’t really ever scheduled for more than 40 hours. A blessing and a curse, I guess. No over time, but no over working.

  2. I haven’t seen mass overtime like that since minimum wage was raised. Hell, I rarely see 30 hour weeks anymore since mandatory health plans came along to “help” us poor working stiffs.

  3. This sounds more like a Monday strip. How can you ask “How many hours did you work this weekend” on Saturday when there’s still a day to go? I wonder if Monday’s strip will sound more like it should belong to today?

  4. It would be interesting to have Cooper talk to a labor attorney. I can understand no overtime when the employee decides to work more hours – but when the employer demands specific hours – I’m not sure as he’s really “exempt”. Yes, I know that’s how it’s done – but that doesn’t mean it’s legal. I do know it’s a complex area.

    • Salaried employees are generally exempt from overtime laws and unfortunately companies tend to take advantage of that. I just think back to my store manager at Big Blue. Sure his hours were awful and the stress from head office was enormous, but he owned a (fairly) expensive house and always seemed to have a new car, so he still had a better quality of life than most of his employees. For 100k+, I’d try and stick it out for 2 or 3 years and then tell them to stuff it.

      • Big house and big car don’t always mean better quality of life. Sometimes the stress can be so bad that your health and personal life both suffer. I know a CEO who makes loads of money. He’s on his third wife and has had at least one heart attack.

  5. @Sam

    >I thought that the tax system was done in such a way that that doesn’t happen…

    If in the US it shouldnt. What’s probably happening is that the state and federal gov automatically take some from each paycheck you get based on your exemptions and what not.

    When tax season rolls around you then file your taxes and often a tax return. This is basically you telling the government, “Okay this is all that I made this year from this sources, that source, etc.” Turbo Tax or other tax services will calculate or determine if you are eligible for any deductions/exemptions. In the end, either you have to pay more taxes based on the information OR you file for a tax return since you did not make enough or you had too much taken out of your paychecks over the last year in taxes. Thus a “tax return”

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