Kent Ross typed (on Wed, Nov 05, 2003 at 11:17:08AM -0800):
| Is it fair for programmers to work long hours of overtime and not get
| paid for the work? If you are a programmer who has been working for a
| while you probably
| know there can be some issues with not getting paid for overtime.
| Companies can take advantage of programmers with the long hours needed
| to complete projects. If you feel you are having difficulty getting
| paid for what you have
| done, you are not alone. There are people out there who are willing to
| lend a hand. Check out this site:
| You can send them a complaint for free and they pass them along to
| lawyers for evaluation. This one seems to be specifically for
| programmers who have worked for Computer Sciences Corporation. There
| is, however, lots of other info on the site that might be more to what
| you need, but this is a currently hot subject. I hope this might help
| somebody out.
There are many advantages to getting paid hourly for
both employee and employer:
1. Anything over 40 hours per week is paid over-time.
Employee does not feel their time is abused.
2. In the event vacation/sick time has expired for a given year
then employee can take the time off without pay.
Employer does not feel their time is abused.
3. If an employee "occasionally" arrives late to work, or leaves early
from work does not financially hurt the company.
Other employees do not feel slighted that they worked the required hours
while the other guy gets the same pay for less hours, which causes a
ripple effect to see who can play catch-up on missing time.
4. It should be encouraged by employer that time be taken off to do
things with the family that are in short time amounts:
a. Parent/Teacher meetings
b. Field trips with children
c. Doctors appointments
d. Trip to the zoo or anything fun with the family.
5. Most times when an employee is paid a "Salary" is where he/she
can (and will) get ed.
PS: I've not looked at the URL you mention above. I hope this is not
a method to gather programmers names for a head-hunting service.
- Jeff Hyman