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Forum Post: Mandatory overtime?

Posted 4 years ago on April 3, 2014, 11:38 a.m. EST by awil9010 (0)
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My wife works for a company that requires overtime. Under threat of termination, she begrudgingly works 10 to 12 hours a day sometimes 7 days a week. Where I work, they are regularly terminating employees and passing those production hours off in the form of overtime--again, under the threat of termination.

So, I did a small amount of research (as it doesn't take long to find out) that the only laws governing overtime regard payment.

So I started a petition at whitehouse.gov (http://wh.gov/ldu1S)

Overtime is great, especially around holidays...but should it really be up to the employer to decide when we have a life and when we don't. We already schedule our lives around 9-5 (just an example.)



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[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (22876) 4 years ago

Nice post. Bring back the Fair Labor Standards Act or at least the reinforcement of it. End unpaid overtime, mandatory overtime, "temporary work," "independent contractors," unpaid internships, etc. etc.

Bring back dignity to the American worker.

[-] 3 points by Shule (2638) 4 years ago

I had a job many moons back which mandated working twelve hours a day seven days a week. Image that. I made real good money, but after I pocketed enough change after about a year I quit. ' Learned my lesson, and never worked a lick of overtime since. A good part of the problem is that there are too many company bootlickers around who are into working those kind of insane hours. Our society encourages it. Interesting is that in several other countries it is not that way. In Sweden, I know, overtime is reserved only for some very few critical instances. The concept over there is working overtime amounts to cheating. First, it is cheating somebody else out of a job, and then also it is cheating as in making money on overtime is like that person who keeps on writing on a test after the teacher told everybody to put their pencils down.

[-] 3 points by elf3 (3900) 4 years ago

My husband too he regularly works 14 hours under threat of termination because they don't want to hire more employees ...he does get paid for it but he doesn't want to trade his life for a paycheck...we will sign

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 4 years ago

I'll sign that..........:)

I do know what mandatory overtime is like, and it can get very ugly for you and your family.

Keep in mind too, that every 2 people working 12 hours, is one less person that they will hire.