Re: Christmas Surprise--Company Closed for 2 Weeks

Subject: Re: Christmas Surprise--Company Closed for 2 Weeks
From: "Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- users -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2008 08:18:44 -0600

From: "Janet Swisher" <jmswisher -at- gmail -dot- com>
Subject: Re: Christmas Surprise--Company Closed for 2 Weeks

On Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 12:37 AM, Karen <ekarenski-techwrl -at- yahoo -dot- com>
> I started a W2 contracting job a few months ago. The agency is out of
state, but the job is local. At that time, I was given a list of
holidays, etc.
> Now, I got a little surprise--I found out the company shuts down for 2
weeks during Christmas. I'm so frustrated since I only figured
(financially) on 3 days.
> I know there's not much I can do about it, but I am pretty upset with
the agency for waiting so long to tell me and not revealing this
> Has anyone else experienced this?

I experienced the "shut-down" phenomenon while contracting in the
semiconductor industry, where apparently it's fairly common. The
company I worked at shut down for a week at the end of June and
December; I started in February, so I had plenty of notice. However, I
think it was employees at the company, not the agency I worked
through, who told me about it. Working overtime in advance was not an
option, as the whole point of the shut-down was cost-saving. Employees
could (had to) take vacation time; contractors and employees who
didn't have vacation time just didn't get paid.


Seem to be that forcing an employee to take unpaid time off should be a
violation of some kind of fair labor law -- unless it's being done for
misconduct on the job.

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