And, the way you presented it just made it seem like it was common practice/certainty that if a person didn't have work for a day or two, they'd be taking a forced vacation or furlough. Yeah, if a company/municipality/state/etc is way low on work/out of budget, then they'll either lay people off or institute that. But, by and large, salaried employees get away with having a couple days of overhead a month if not more.
Edit to say: I see now we were talking about different things. Yeah, your'e not going to get ot if you're salaried. I thought you were trying to say if you only had 20 hours of work you had to take a vacation day to get your 40 hours which isn't true.
Gotcha. Sorry, not a bit. At my last job when there wasn't work to do it was strongly encouraged, even 'incentivized' to take vacation instead of collecting a check and doing nothing. But it was consulting work and hardly 'forced'. Though, when you're boss says "Would you be willing to do x (because it helps the company, since you aren't making us money)?" Saying no isn't entirely
I was saying, if I'm salary and week 1 I have 60 hours of work to do. Due at 5pm Friday. I get to spend 12 hours of a day working to get it done. But I get the same paycheck as if I had 40 hours of work to do (i.e. I'm overachieving for the same pay as meeting expectations). But if after I hit that deadline, things slow down and there's only legitimately 32 hours of work the next week, if I don't spend those extra 8 hours at my desk I need vacation.
In a simple phrase; As salary you're expected to work, for the same pay, until the job is done. As long as that job takes at least 40 hours. There's no give and take.
That irks me. If you give me what you think is 40 hours of work, and I get it done Wednesday at 8pm? Why make should I come in the next two days? I should be available by phone and likely e-mail. Make appearances for important meetings and the like. But why do I need to sit at my desk for 9 hours and try and look busy? Next week? Give me some more work, what you'd call '50 hours' and see if that fills my time. So it goes.
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