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  1. #1
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    Anyone have any experience with OT laws?

    We are now getting paid for OT only if over 40hrs. I thought I read somewhere that our industry had different regulations.

    I guess being on call, being away from the family just wasn't enough....


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    Your company is following the ''minimum'' standard
    of the law.

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    Depends on the laws in your State.

    Federal law is OT over 40 hours for non-exempt workers. Some States, California is one (and perhaps the only) where hourly workers get OT after 8 hours.

    I get OT after 8 because I am a union member, it is part of my contract.

    If you are not a union member, then you are a plain old hourly employee subject to the laws in your area.

    If your employer or their accounting firm messed up, be glad that they do not get the money you were overpaid back...
    Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance

    "There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey. It's unwise to pay too little.
    When you pay too much, you lose a little money -- that is all. When you pay too little, you may lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.

    The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot -- it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run. And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better."

    John Ruskin


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    That's what I was afraid of.....My wife is about to do the math on my last 8 weeks of checks to see how much pay I would have lost....I hate to think

    Don't most Refrigeration companies pay OT after 8....I can think of a few here locally that do.

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    Union or Non Union, If a shop wants to keep
    techicians around then they can do better
    than the minimum

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    If the company is required to pay overtime after 40 by law, that is all they have to do.

    It is a benefit for the employee if they pay OT after 8 if they don't have to.

    If other companies in your area pay OT after 8, and they are not required to do so, might be time for a move...
    Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance

    "There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey. It's unwise to pay too little.
    When you pay too much, you lose a little money -- that is all. When you pay too little, you may lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.

    The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot -- it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run. And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better."

    John Ruskin


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    A move just might be in the minds of 3-4 experienced techs.....something stinks.....I can only imagine what will be next..

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    In the Southeast, maybe other locations, they only pay time and 1/2 for hrs over 40 actually worked. In other words, if you had 8 hrs holiday, 8 hrs vacation and 40 hrs actually worked in a 7 day week; they only have to pay you 56 hrs of straight time.

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    check your local agreement it is usually stipulated in there.

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    I never heard of such a thing. If you do the math you could do this every week and never have to put in a full week. How does your boss make any money to pay you? He bids a job at straight time and has to pay overtime to get it done?

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    Originally posted by benncool
    I never heard of such a thing. If you do the math you could do this every week and never have to put in a full week. How does your boss make any money to pay you? He bids a job at straight time and has to pay overtime to get it done?
    There is no bidding going on..we are talking Market Refrigeration....we are under contract with our local chain...40+ stores....The store gets charged OT between the hours of 5pm and 7am.....so if the store gets charged OT...we should be paid OT...

    How in the hell do you figure.....if I go out at 10pm and work till 4am.....I damn well expect to get paid OT for that time...

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    We pay our employees for overtime if it is billed for overtime. This is only a perk of our company.
    Karst means cave. So, I search for caves.

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    Anything over 8 the guys get ot, union shop.
    No work no pay, no holiday pay, no vacation pay.
    I have guys that want to work 4-10 to make up for a holiday, some say they should get paid 32 and 8 ot.

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