Worker must get his due (whether he wants it or not)
The maintenance department was overloaded with work. Maintenance Foreman Mike Freylich approached Carpenter Grade I Floyd Tucker with a worried look on his face. "How's that shelving project coming along?
The maintenance department was overloaded with work. Maintenance Foreman Mike Freylich approached Carpenter Grade I Floyd Tucker with a worried look on his face.
"How's that shelving project coming along?"
Tucker shook his head. "Longer than I expected. I ran into a problem with those reinforcement brackets."
Freylich frowned. "Just what I need. We were supposed to start loading them in the morning."
Tucker said, "I'll work overtime if you want."
"It's not that simple. Overtime has been getting out of hand."
Tucker replied sympathetically, "Look, it's not that big a deal. This shouldn't take more than 3 or 4 hr to finish. You can put me in for straight time."
"Hey, that's real nice of you, Floyd. I appreciate it."
The following week, auditing the time cards, the paymaster called Tucker's card to Freylich's attention.
"This guy worked 11 hr on Wednesday. How come he was put in for straight time instead of time-and-a-half?"
"No problem. It was his own idea."
"His own idea or not," the paymaster replied, "if a man works overtime, he has to be paid at the overtime rate."
Question: Can an employee voluntarily relinquish his overtime rights?
Walker's verdict: Plant Manager Oliver Walker agreed with the paymaster. "An employee's right to overtime pay, voluntary or not, can't be legally waived. Pay Freylich the difference due him whether he wants it or not."
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey