An occasional peek at what you've been chattering about over the past 24 hours. Latest: Should employees likely to lose their jobs now seek overtime pay Gannett wrongfully denied them in the past? Also: A USA Today employee seeks advance word on possible layoffs.
Anonymous@10:18 p.m. said: "I'm not a lawyer, but I'd guess that if you wrote on your time sheet that you worked 40 hours/week, even though you really worked more than that, you wouldn't have a case. Did a manager ever explicitly tell you to lie on your time sheet?"
@10:23 p.m. quickly replied: "Indirectly, by saying that all OT needed to be approved in advance."
And @8:41 a.m. said today about GCI's North Carolina newspaper: "I worked overtime for six years at a Gannett paper in Asheville, and never got paid for it. At least an hour and a half, give or take, everyday. I was told I could not write it down on any time cards and could only put the hours I was hired to work: 37.5. Yes, I worked over 40 hours every week. The funny thing was when I turned in my two week notice, they insisted on paying me for the overtime I worked the second to last week. And the last week they would not let me turn on my computer to begin work until 8am even though I came in at 7 a.m. Looks like someone trying to avoid a lawsuit."
On speculation that USA Today may raise its cover price 33%, to $1, @9:14 a.m. wrote today: "Does anyone have any info on the possibility of more USAT buyouts or layoffs by the end of the year? With the price of the paper possibly going up, the X-mas party nixed for the first time ever, and the economy crashing, it seems likely that more cuts are coming. I can accept the harsh reality of cuts, but I can't accept the lack of fair warning. I wish the suits would give us a heads-up, even if just in general terms."
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