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> New employees are often started as "hourly" rather
> than "salaried" for the
> simple reason that hourly employment is "at will"
> and can be terminated
> without fuss if things don't work out. Salaried
> status often includes
> complicated termination clauses, investment and
> other perks requiring extra
> calculation, etc.
Perhaps in some cases, but in many US states "at will"
goes for salaried employees as well. I don't think
I've ever NOT worked at will... Perks and so forth are
also offered to hourly employees in some cases, so
that's not entirely accurate either.
> It also happens that the extra status and privileges
> of salaried status can
> be used to give a new employee a "promotion" while
> actually reducing their take-home pay.
You mean hourly promoted to salary? Could happen (as
you've suggested) but it's really up to the employee
to make that judgment call. If it looks like a fish,
swims like a fish, and feels like a fish, then it's
probably fishy. *lol*
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