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Weekend work

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by reverb, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. reverb

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    I've been "requested" (mmm more like I'm expected, an agreement hasn't even taken place!) to work on Saturday and Sunday and my contracted hours/days are Mon-Fri.

    As per my contract I'm actually exempt from overtime unless approved. What's the norm for salaried workers? Do you get compensated with fixed or hourly rate?
  2. Sparky
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    No clear answer for this one. Have you asked your boss?
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  3. Gingerdave

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    We dont get overtime any more as my boss and I were regularly pulling 200+ hour months, what we have instead is an agreement that any weekends worked can be taken as lieu time.
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  4. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

    We get time + half on any overtime we do, which is also at our discretion to as and when it is required, perk of a working at a SME I guess.
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  5. Shinigami

    Shinigami Megabyte Poster

    Labor laws should dictate the maximum amount of time you can work, and if you're doing 7 day weeks, that's going to get your company in trouble.
    Unless of course you get in lieu time, i.e. those 2 days of weekend work result in you being able to take 2 days off later on, and in some instances, weekend work will count as 50-100% extra time off on top of the normal hours. So 8 hours on a Saturday may mean 1.5 days off later on, and 8 hours on a Sunday means 2 days off later on.

    I personally prefer to get it in cash, but very few companies allow for a cash incentive and instead just give you the time off...

    Don't let yourself end up doing 7 day weeks with no form of compensation on hand, it's wrong and violates your rights as an employee.
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  6. Gingerdave

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    If you mean the European working time directive I oped out of that a long time ago. AFAIK there is no limit to my hours now other that actual time.
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  7. Josiahb

    Josiahb Gigabyte Poster

    My previous employer (being heartless mercenary gits :tongue) paid nothing for overtime, and no time in lieu either, the contract and employee handbook included some fairly dodgy wording to avoid any legal comeback.

    My current employer actually give the option of TOIL or payment at 1.5 times hourly rate, I'm actually working this Saturday and I'm very definitely taking the cash!
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  8. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

    Even a salaried worker should have a specified provision for overtime in their contract of employment. It will either be at a ratio of your salary (though I have seen it before paid at single time, even at weekends) or time in lieu, which is effectively single time. Ask for a copy of your contract and review it.

    They have no right to ask you to work for free.
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  9. Sparky
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    What is the work you will be doing? Migration project? Could be something that might be a good CV builder so that is something to consider when the working Saturday\Sunday question comes along.

    I’m one of the big bad nasty managers that expects the guys I manage to work for free at the weekends btw. :)
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  10. JK2447
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    Often do weekend work, more often arranged by myself because we arrange our own work etc.

    We get time and a half for Mon to Sat, Double for Sun although we are trying to reduce double on Sundays. We often volunteer to claim time and a half for a Sunday to show willing to reduce cost.

    A lot of IT work need to be done out of hours to minimise disruption to the customer. It's just the way it is. You might not appreciate it now but on pay day it will be worth it my friend.
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  11. GSteer

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    Evening work and weekend work are the norm when required for migrations etc.

    We get 1.5x time for scheduled after hours and 2x for emergencies when we're on call (don't actually get paid extra for just being on call 1 week in 4). Rarely get offered time in lieu. But that's over here in Canada.

    When I was in the UK there wasn't a hard set policy in place and was generally on a per incident/project basis.
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  12. Mr_Cellophane

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    I was on double time at the weekend so worked every opportunity there was. As my manager was 200 miles away and had no idea what we did, we could be creative as to when OT was required. I also knew that it wouldn't last as the servers would eventually be moved to a datacentre.
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