“Everyone should be paid for their time.
Employers love to say “salary doesn’t mean a 40 hour work week”, but they have no problem ensuring that no less than 40 hours are worked.
I have worked in an adult family home, putting in 70 hours in 1 week, and was paid straight pay. I regularly put in between 45-60 hours a week and still make as much as I would had I only worked 40 hours, but the overtime is necessary to keep the business functional and compliant.
If employers had to pay overtime for hours worked over 40 in a week, we would experience less burnout, more productivity and better attitudes. I put my blood, sweat and tears into my work, and I am rarely recognized, thanked or in any way acknowledged.
Although I am not in this for just a paycheck, it would make me feel valued to be paid for my hard work.”
— Teresa, homecare General Manager