Some people can't really clarify between salary payment or hourly payment

United States
September 23, 2011 3:36pm CST
Today I was listening to the radio, some one complain about his wife get a new job this week, and she was just overwork the hour herself. According to the employment statement, she is a salary employee, and she works 45 hours a week. Now, she usually work late, and she go lunch late too. Should she be compensate with that extra hours she had work for her job? But as he already stated it, she got hired as a salary employee, and a salary employee regardless her extended work hours, she still got paid the same. On the other hand, if she is a hourly - based employee, maybe her employer should compensate her extra hours for her work time. I just don't see why people got mixed up with it.
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@KrauseHome (35025)
• United States
27 Jan 12
If she is a Salaried paid worker as the husband suggested, then she should know what her Job duties would entail prior to taking that position and be OK with it. From what I have seen they have advantages both Good and Bad when doing this. There can be times they might have to work more, and other times not as hard. It is something most people need to weigh the pros and cons before hand and decide for themselves it is worth it.
• Philippines
6 Dec 11
This is much more difficult if you were in my case. Unlike your story, I am on a daily paid bases and no work no pay. That means I worked 24hrs a day since I worked on a day rate, I'll be on call even at night. no other benefits to get except only bonuses whenever the company boss feels like giving it. Though our rate is far higher than an ordinary professional but I can't complain since this is what we already agreed upon. The best thing though is I could have my 35 days vacation after 70 days of working straight in the desert. Too tiring since the industry I.ve been to operates 24 hours round the clock.
• United States
6 Dec 11
That's why if you were to choose you'd want to go for hourly unless the pay was substantial and the hours worked past 40 were not very often.
@inertia4 (27605)
• United States
30 Sep 11
It has always been that way. A salary employee get a set salary for the year, regardless of the hours worked. An hourly employee gets paid by the hour. They to have set hours to work, but they usually get paid less then some salary workers do. Most salary based jobs are management jobs. Most hourly jobs are labor jobs.
• United States
24 Sep 11
I guess the only way to explain it is that the term "salary" must confuse some people. Some think that just because they earn it is considered a salary. To a sense it is but depends on how you use the term. As you stated salary employees get the same rate regardless of how many hours they put in.
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
23 Sep 11
I don't see how they get it mixed up either. Salary is a set pay no matter how many hours you work and hourly pay is paid by the hour for how many ever hours you work.
• United States
23 Sep 11
It's pretty straight forward to me. I am a salaried employee. You don't see me complaining if I work 32 hours a week if there's a holiday or if I happened to get off early. But as soon as I am asked to stay over, I really don't like it and I rant and rave about how I'm not getting paid for it. Well at least I used to. I don't care much now since I've been with the company 9 years now. It is hard on families to have someone out of the home extra time and not feel they are compensated for it. But I bet that same person would not complain if the wife was working 24 hours a week for the same pay. If that's what she agreed to, I guess she just has to do it.