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View Diary: Shock Doctrine: While RW screams conspiracy theories House GOP votes to END OVERTIME PAY for workers (177 comments)

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  •  I think what we have here (4+ / 0-)
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    is more like a red herring than shock doctrine, but it's the content that matters more than the title.  ;-)

    I love the GOP framing - that government "shouldn't stand in the way". Like government has been preventing companies from lavishing all this compensation of various forms on workers, just to show them how appreciated and loved they are.

    What is in the final bill? How is the overtime to comp time conversion caluculated? And how many restrictions are there on actually taking this comp time? I'm sure there are a million ways for companies to cheat employees out of comp time if they want to.

    And when you make the compensation formula more complicated, I think you make it worse for workers. If your employee simply decided to withhold a paycheck, you'd have a pretty straightforward legal action. It's not that confusing. But with this new setup, it'll be difficult for many employees to even understand what they are owed. If their company tells them "sorry, you can't take your comp time until next year", it won't be easy to determine whether the company is lying.

    •  I was wondering (0+ / 0-)

      if anyone has actually read this bill. There's a lot of hyberbole about how awful it is, but I want to know what the actual problems are. A friend posted a link to it on facebook and I read it. It APPEARS to be voluntary. The rate of compensation is 1.5 times the overtime worked.

      So far, the two biggest problems I see are these: 1) it furnishes the employer with an interest-free loan and 2) the employer can decide that the days that the employee wants to use the comp time would "unduly" affect the company's operations and so could not approve the request for time off. Where I work, any time you take time off, you work your butt off before and after so as to not unduly affect operations! Perhaps also if an employer did abuse this, the employee might have a heck of a time getting a hearing – not sure about this.

      Employers are expressly prohibited from coercing employees to opt for comp time instead of overtime pay. And even with an agreement to be compensated in time off, the employee is allowed to change their mind and decide they would rather have the money.

      So, please, tell me what other negative outcomes could arise.

      “Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

      by minglewood on Sat May 18, 2013 at 05:23:16 AM PDT

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