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Re: Overtime by mrsteabag on 4 October 2010 5:49pm
80-hour weeks are not uncommon here for Mr. Teabag. :P. (((Susan))), I wish I could upload a nice dinner or something for you!
@Johnny--Yep, get a lot of what happened to your coworker here, too. :( One of my friends is a retired lawyer who specailized in employment issues. Oy.
Re: Overtime by johnnythemonkey on 5 October 2010 12:45am
I have to admit I was well paid for my overtime, mostly at double time with an hourly rate that included my 30% shift premium.
I worked too many hours when the kids were young, thinking I was doing the right thing.
Re: Overtime by johnnythemonkey on 5 October 2010 5:08pm
Re what Anne said regarding nepotism. I guess that most of us have seen it.
I never applied for promotion in the company I worked for after being 'rejected' for a secondment to another dept.
It wasn't promotion but a chance to get off the shifts with no loss of earnings. They specified that applicants should be experienced in all aspects of the process etc etc.
I applied and so did my friend Len. We found out in due course who the other applicants were and assumed that one of us would get the post due to our experience and wished each other luck.
Who got the job ? A young guy who had been in the plant 18 months but whose father happened to be senior management.
Re: Overtime by Loretto on 5 October 2010 5:17pm
My sister did her training for nursing in UK because nepotism was the only way you could get into nursing school in Ireland in the 80's. It was all about who you knew, not what you knew! Its a pity really because it means the people getting the jobs are not the best person for the jobs. Disheartening, especially for young people with zero connections.
Re: Overtime by Spursfan on 5 October 2010 7:20pm
County Council appication forms ask if you are related or connected to any member of the Council or its Staff, as no canvassing is allowed.

But the example I gave above, which is probably one of many, shows that this does go on.

I suppose I have had 'the system' work for me too, not exactly nepotism but I was working for a friend of ours in the 1980s, doing his books. I was Festival Secretary on our local Festival Committee, and during International Youth Year (1985) we invited the District Youth & Community Advisory Officer (J.) to a meeting to see if we could join the two events up in some way. Anyway, the offshoot of this meeting was that she head-hunted me as her assistant.

I worked for a while at both jobs, but then decided to go full-time but the post had to be advertised. J. wanted me to stay in post, I wanted to stay in post, but we had to be seen to be doing it fairLy and correctly. We were based at a youth & community centre, and as the closing date approached we hoped there would be no takers, but 2 other people applied.

Interview day, someone from the main office came to interview the applicants with J. He ALSO wanted me to remain in post. We were interviewed and I retained the job.

But - was it because I was the best at interview, or because I was the one they wanted? Didn't matter, I had the job still!!

Re: Overtime by Lounge Trekker on 7 October 2010 3:16am
I did back to back sixteen hour shifts a few years ago. It paid well, starting at double time and a half because it was a statutory long weekend. These were on my days off. It was like an athletic event...four twelves, two night's overtime, forty eight hours off then the regular four twelves. The hardest part was keeping fresh food in the fridge. I lived a few miles away from the grocery stores and the work bus schedule kept me away from home an extra couple hours a day. I went to Mom and Dad's a few times for dinner and sleep then on the crew bus back to work.

The work schedule was two days from 8 to 8, two night's from 8 to 8, with 24 hours between them. The big maintenance shutdown needed a few guys that knew their way around and it was a riot, actually. Turns out I was good at it.

Lazy Trekker
Re: Overtime by sighthound on 7 October 2010 10:57am
Legislation about overtime pay is very strict in the U.S. There are many, many requirements that must be verified before someone is certified as not being eligible for time-and-a-half pay for over 8 hours in a day and 40 hours in a week. You have to be verified as "management", working without supervision, before you can get overtime pay.
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