- Apr 24, 2007
I don't think this goes far enough though. I would like to see a law that requires employers to state how many hours are considered standard for every single position, and then be required to pay overtime for any time worked over the stated "standard hours". That way employers couldn't get around paying overtime by only hiring part time employees since even part timers would be eligible for overtime under such a law.
For example: the law I would like to see would require an employer to tell someone upon hiring "we are hiring you for a 25-hour work week." So if the employee is required to work longer (say, a retail cashier during the holiday shopping season), and ends up working a 30-hour week, that extra 5 hours would be paid at the overtime rate (which in my ideal world would be double pay, instead of time-and-a-half).
Uh, that just sounds dumb. No one would ever want to apply for a 40 hour a week job in that case, they'd rather get two 20 hour ones then make time and a half or double when one needs them more.
But for salaried workers, typically the company tells you up front what you're expected to work. For most technical professionals it's 40-45 hours a week with occasional overtime during crunch times. The shady part is when they say occasional, you never know if it's like once or twice a year you work a 60 hour week or if it's like once a month.
I would suspect other jobs are like this too. I know a couple cpa's and around tax season they literally work 80-100 hours a week, 16 hour days plus weekends sometimes. They might do this for two or three months. It just kind of comes with the trade I guess.