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They're Helping Me Again

December 3, 2011 9:28:53.463

Every time the Feds try to help me in my work life, things get worse. A while back, they made it harder to contract directly with a company (supposedly to stop exploitation of contract hires). The upshot of that is that now, you pretty much have to work through an agency to get a contract job, and that ups the costs to the hiring firm, and lowers the rate received by the actual contractor.

That was bad enough; now they want to ban overtime for any IT worker who is an employee (or gets paid as one; it's not obvious to me how they draw that line). How exactly does that help anyone? Is this some kind of attempt to force unionization on people if they want to retain higher wages?

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posted by James Robertson


Re: They're Helping Me Again

[Matt Kennedy] December 3, 2011 10:35:38.268

Didn't they try to pass something similar 5 or 6 years ago? It's my opinion that any time people in the sector this legislation impacts have to work overtime it's due to a failure of management to plan properly, so 1) why is government butting it's nose into this at all? and 2) why reward bad management?

Well, I guess considering it's congress we're talking about #2 answers itself...

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