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  •  Doesn't have to be a bad deal. (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, TexasTom

    I've worked jobs where I made what amounted to comp-time deals with employers.  I went for years never working a Wednesday, for example. It was really nice having a day off during the middle of the week.  Great time to go see movies or hit the stores, museums, etc.

    But -- and this is key -- that was an arrangement I was able to make to suit my needs and desires.  I had to make it work for my employers, of course, but I got to make it work for me.

    So...if somebody really wanted to mess around with overtime by allowing comp time, the first thing they would have to do is to preserve the deal: an hour of overtime is worth an hour and a half of comp time.  Comp time should not be cheaper than overtime.  Second, all comp time hours not used by the end of the year (or termination of the employment) must be paid as if they were worked.  If there's going to be a windfall, let it go to the employee. Employers can require that employees take the time off, so it is appropriate that they should pay the cost if employees don't.

    Finally, a hard limit must be placed on the use of comp-time -- 8 hours a week, maybe a monthly or quarterly cap.

    Or something.
    Or maybe it's not worth the trouble.

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    by dinotrac on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 11:40:11 AM PDT

    •  Agree in the abstract, but... (0+ / 0-)

      ...I think you're ultimately right with your comment at the end that "maybe it's not worth the trouble".

      Because the problem is that it can and will be abused by unscrupulous employers.  It's a shame, because I do personally like the concept of comp time.  I would love to see more flexible work arrangements, part time work options, etc -- but only if there was a fair balance of power between workers and management to ensure that these things benefitted labor, and not just the companies.

      Since I don't see us achieving that sort of balance in the current environment, the best bet is to just push back on any attempts to expand comp time.

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      by TexasTom on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 03:32:34 PM PDT

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      •  Which is sad -- a chance to benefit workers turned (0+ / 0-)

        away because unscrupulous employers might abuse it.

        Thing is -- they can abuse just about anything anyway.

        The answer is enforcement.

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        by dinotrac on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 03:50:25 PM PDT

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