Reader: Paper gives work to managers to avoid OT

In an e-mail to me, the reader describes “highly unethical if not illegal” H.R. practices at their Gannett newspaper. I’m withholding the paper’s name to protect the writer’s identity:

I think the ratio of salaried managers to hourly employees is off the charts. Lower-middle managers at our paper spend an incredible amount of time producing the paper. Most of them perform their actual scheduling and managing duties at the end of a 10-12 hour day producing the paper. These production duties often extend into six and seven-day weeks, especially during holidays and vacations, as the paper doesn’t want to give holiday pay to hourly workers, so they pressure managers to cover the shifts. Its ugly and miserable.

Does this happen in your workplace? Please post your replies in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, write gannettblog[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

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