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If you are in paid employment, how many unpaid hours do you contribute each week?

Asked by Earthbound_Misfit (13152points) November 20th, 2014

I know I work for many more hours than my pay covers each week. My working week is supposed to be 38 hours, but I work 50 plus hours each week and often I’ve had to work 80 hours.

This is apparently becoming very common. This news story discusses the changes to how we work and how that’s affecting our work hours.

How many hours are you paid for and how many hours do you have to work each week?

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Shut_Yo_Mouth's avatar

I regularly pulled 24 hours shifts at least once a week. I had money in the bank which comes in handy when you are temporarily without shelter. I worked period, it was my penance for crimes real and imagined.

zenvelo's avatar

What you are talking about is the difference between exempt positions and non-exempt positions.

Non- exempt you get paid for every hour.

Exempt you are not paid by the hour but to get the job done. If you can get the job done in 4 hours, you can leave. If it takes you 18 hours, then you do what needs to be done to get it finished.

My general office hours are supposed to be 6 – 2:30; but I usually get to my desk at 6:15, and leave anywhere from 1:30 to 2:30. But I am answerable to my Blackberry until 4 or 5 in the afternoon, sometimes well into the evening. Part of what gets me to respond is a judgment on how vital it is or if I can wait until morning. I am paid for my judgment.

livelaughlove21's avatar

Zero. I get paid for 40 and I work 40, unless I take vacation time.

downtide's avatar

None. There is no hidden expectation to work extra hours in my workplace. Overtime is sometimes available but it is always paid.

Seaofclouds's avatar

I’m paid for 40 hours a week, but usually work 40–50. I am on call 24/7.

Here2_4's avatar

I would not. I have not. My time has value, and I will not be cheated.

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