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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I've had employers that would pay you overtime for anything over 40 hours if you were on call and had to come in after hours to fix anything. But, I have also had an employer who abused this, expecting me to work 50 and 60 hour weeks without any comp time when I was scheduled to work a 45 Hour work week (1 hour unpaid lunch everyday). What made it really suck was that they did not have any really good reason for the overtime other than they expected it.

After having a really bad fiscal period, This same employer also decided to dock all salaried employees for a weeks worth of pay (to help with finances) which was supposed to be done via scheduled unpaid days off, and then they got upset with me for complaining when they wouldn't allow me to schedule to take the unpaid days off from work...

The same said employer then decided to terminate my employment after 4 1/2 years of employment stating that Upper management had determined that I wasn't a suitable fit for the department.... Yeah whatever. I'm much happier working as an hourly employee at my current job as a Data Center Administrator, beats the hell out of working as a Desktop Support / Helpdesk Technician.

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