Re: How not to attract staff

Subject: Re: How not to attract staff
From: Michael Priestley <mpriestley -at- VNET -dot- IBM -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 1997 14:38:54 EST

Don Timmerman, dtimmerman -at- anl -dot- gov writes:
>salaried employees only. What all this regularly scheduled overtime
>boil down to is a cut in pay. If you regularly work an extra 10 hours
>a week (without compensation), you have just taken a 25% pay cut. If

Alias/Wavefront is a Canadian company. Unpaid overtime is illegal here.
In addition, if any individual exceeds a certain amount of overtime during
the course of the year, the company has to explain to the government why
they haven't just hired an additional employee.

Now, unpaid overtime still happens here, but to nowhere near the degree it does
in the US. It happens much more at smaller companies, who can get away with
it because the government isn't watching their every move. But even at
smaller companies, employees do have government regulations behind them
should they wish to challenge the issue, and wrongful dismissal regulations
to protect them from retaliation.

To give Alias/Wavefront the benefit of the doubt, they are probably paying
very well for overtime, and simply warning applicants in advance of the
culture they will be working in.

Michael Priestley
Information Developer, IBM Toronto Lab
mpriestley -at- vnet -dot- ibm -dot- com
mpriestley -at- acm -dot- org

Disclaimer: speaking on my own behalf, not IBM's.

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