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  •  I used to worked for a small consulting firm... (7+ / 0-)

    ...that had 8.5 hour days, five days a week.

    Why?

    They used to have 8-hour days, and a half-day on Saturday. Since it was a small, family-owned operation in Lake Forest, IL, the daughers-in-law complained, and the 8.5-hour day was the result. We received straight time for that extra half hour.

    It came to a head after I had left the firm, when they insisted that a new field man they had hired just before I left for another firm, had to stay and do janitor work, every night. He protested, and got fired. Then he complained to the Labor Dept., and everyone got checks reimbursing them fo the extra hours.

    It came in handy for me at the time, as I had been let go from the newer firm because of loss of Federal project funds during the Reagan years.

    Just guess what the politcal bent of the owners of that small firm were.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 12:08:03 PM PDT

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    •  Had a similar experience (2+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, Calamity Jean

      Back in the 80s at my first job out of college (as an engineer), I was told that the standard work day was 8.5 hours.  An old timer at the company told me that it had originally been 8.5 hours a day M-F, and a half day on Saturday.

      Since engineers are exempt employees, they were able to legally do this.  Eric Cantor's plan just seems like an effort to spread this sort of screw-over to currently non-exempt employees.

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 03:27:15 PM PDT

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