Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 22:43 UTC
Legal "A bill recently introduced in Congress would greatly expand the exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act for IT employees, ending overtime benefits for many more types of workers, including network, database and security specialists." The Democrat senator of North-Carolina has introduced an even worse version of the bill, which specifically exempts database and network specialists and security professionals from overtime benefits. Say, isn't some company building a huge data centre in North-Carolina? I'm sure it's all a coincidence.
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RE: don't complain
by Soulbender on Sat 3rd Dec 2011 07:57 UTC in reply to "don't complain"
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In corporate law 70-80hr working weeks are the norm.

80 hours? Are you shitting us? What are you, a feudal society?
Note, the Australians I have worked with all seemed to leave at 5pm sharp and head off to the pub. All professionals.

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RE[2]: don't complain
by unclefester on Sat 3rd Dec 2011 10:10 in reply to "RE: don't complain"
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Australian corporate law firms are run as partnerships. The partners are responsible for generating their own incomes and paying their own staff. Income is based purely on the time worked ("billable hours"). To maximise income staff have to work as many hours as possible.

If you don't like the long hours you work for the government and take a huge pay cut.

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RE[2]: don't complain
by earksiinni on Sat 3rd Dec 2011 21:11 in reply to "RE: don't complain"
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"In corporate law 70-80hr working weeks are the norm.

80 hours? Are you shitting us? What are you, a feudal society?

I lol'd. I think, though, that this is pretty much the norm at all big law firms (partnerships), probably Europe, too. The money is insane. Average Columbia law school grad makes ~$190k/yr. in the private sector as a starting salary. Considering that you can finish as early as 25 (assuming you do four years undergraduate + three years law school)...

Welcome to America =)

Edited 2011-12-03 21:14 UTC

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