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Last week, the owner of a chain of Papa John’s was ordered to pay $800,000 in back pay to workers he’d shortchanged by rounding down to the nearest hour on their time cards and failing to pay overtime properly. “I didn’t realize if you work 10 hours per day, you are supposed to pay overtime for two hours,” the owner, Emmanuel Onuaguluchi, told the New York Post.
By law, companies have to pay their employees minimum wage, and overtime pay should kick in once an employee works past an eight-hour shift in a day. Five years ago, in a survey funded by the Russell Sage Foundation and conducted by researchers from the National Employment Law Project, UCLA, Cornell University, and the University of Illinois, Chicago, a quarter of low-wage employees reported they hadn’t been paid the minimum wage in the prior week, and three-quarters said they were denied overtime.
originally posted by: nwtrucker
Let's be honest here, dishonesty isn't restricted to any economic 'class'. Stealing hours by employees isn't 'unheard'
Oh I'm sick today, oh I need a family day....to name of few that are abused by some....Some, not all. Same as employers.
Quote = ketsuko
This attitude is rampant in the union workers my husband's company contracts with. Once, one of the owners of the entire company was touring and actually walked in on a union guy sleeping on the job. The owner rightfully demanded right there that the be fired. Due to union rules and protections ... they couldn't do it even though they wanted to.
originally posted by: ketsuko
It is about time, but if no one was willing to work under those conditions, then employers would have no employees.
The answer is not to try to force employers through law, but let things settle and try to figure out why things are happening. It isn't always so simple as "Company A is greedy and exploitative." Sometimes, there are other pressures in the system that no one wants to acknowledge because to do so would mean to admit that we have often created our own problems.
See Obamacare and the recent sudden shift of many employees to 30 hour weeks.