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Salaried for 30 hours/week, but actually work 35-40...

Discussion in 'Pharmacy' started by AuTiger609, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. AuTiger609

    AuTiger609 5+ Year Member

    Sep 25, 2008
    Problem has been resolved...misunderstanding on my part. But thanks for the answers!
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2014
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  3. sosoo

    sosoo 7+ Year Member

    Aug 10, 2009
    u get pay for the scheduled hours you work, otherwise they are violating labor laws. document the hours you work and verify with your pay stub. then speak with an attorney.
  4. BidingMyTime

    BidingMyTime Lost Shaker Of Salt 10+ Year Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    As far as I'm aware, this is only true in CA. Elsewhere, pharmacists are considered "salaried", overtime does not have to be paid. However, its generally the policy of almost all pharmacies, to pay for schedule hours for salaried pharmacists, regardless if they are over or under salary. OP, this is the first time I've heard of any pharmacy scheduling non-management pharmacists for more hours than their base salary, and then not paying them for their hours. Has this actually happened to you at 2 different chains? I would recommend talking to your scheduler, its possible they coded you wrong in the system or something, which is why you aren't being paid for the scheduled hours you work. This kind of thing is definitely not wide-spread, or even chain-wide of any chain.
  5. Old Timer

    Old Timer SDN Advisor SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    May 16, 2007
    This is illegal. I'm not speaking about an occasional meeting or an hour here or there. You have a base number of hours per week and if yiu exceed them you have to be paid. They cannot base you at 30 and work you 40.
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  6. Gombrich12

    Gombrich12 2+ Year Member

    Dec 4, 2013
    How is this illegal? You're a "salaried" employee. The chains simply pay per day because otherwise what incentive would people have to pick up a shift here or there if they got a flat rate. Legally we are salaried employees but in reality we work as hourly employees. It's a legal loophole to get around OT and probably a few other things.
  7. owlegrad

    owlegrad Uncontrollable Sarcasm Machine Staff Member Administrator Pharmacist 7+ Year Member

    I don't believe any pharmacy chain has a policy of basing pharmacists at 30 hours and routinely scheduling them 40 hours. If they do they are asking for a class action lawsuit.
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  8. Old Timer

    Old Timer SDN Advisor SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    May 16, 2007
    It's illegal because you have BASE HOURS. That's why. Otherwise you could work 20 and get paid for 3o. Base is base and you must work your base.
  9. SoylentGreen

    SoylentGreen 10+ Year Member

    Oct 13, 2006
    Some chains schedule you in such a way that there's no way to get your work done other than to work over your hours.
  10. Dred Pirate

    Dred Pirate 2+ Year Member

    Jan 18, 2014
    We are pharmacists are pretty lucky in the matter - my fiance works in healthcare - is salaried, but easily averages 55-60 hours a week - only paid for 40. Me on the other hand, I put in at most 42 hours a week for my 40 hour work week
  11. Promethean

    Promethean Syncretist 2+ Year Member

    Jul 2, 2014
    Western PA
    Salaried does not mean that OT is never paid in any instance. There are situations where even salaried employees are expected to be compensated in some way for hours above 40. Depending on organization/jurisdiction/position this can be handled through comp hours or through OT pay.

    It is a common misunderstanding that salary automatically means exempt from overtime, but that is actually only the case in well defined circumstances, which do probably apply to OP. However, companies that just assume that all their salaried employees are exempt from overtime may be setting themselves up for lawsuits.
  12. Dred Pirate

    Dred Pirate 2+ Year Member

    Jan 18, 2014
    I am salaried, but if asked to stay late to cover a call out or come in on my day off, I get straight pay, but it is extra. If I don't get my work done at the end of the day and stay late, that is on me. that is why i get my work done 99% of the time on time
  13. maria1oh

    maria1oh 7+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2009
    A lot of chains are starting your base pay at 30-32 hours. This saves them money and still makes you full time with benefits. So if you pick up an extra shift they will pay you for it at regular pay. If you exceed the 40 hours and go into Overtime pay then they will pay overtime pay but this is not paid at 1.5x like it is for the techs. You get something like a $3/hour OT pay.

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