Posted: 07/13/15 08:17
by Dave Mindeman
In a Strib Commentary, James Sherk offers reasons why Obama's overtime rules will be a "bad" thing. He tells us that employers will simply drop the salary status for these workers, force them to log in their actual hours, and then lower their pay, so that they end up with the same assigned salary anyway.
Well, Mr. Sherk's name is an appropriate one to put on this theory because what he is saying is that business will try to "shirk" its responsibility to its employees.
Whenever something is proposed that could be a benefit to workers, there always seems to be some conservative analyst with an all too convenient "work around" the rule that magically benefits the employer.
Does business think so little about its employees that it really strives to take advantage of every opportunity to forego as much compensation as possible?
That is what Mr. Sherk seems to be suggesting....
So when the government requires employers to pay extra for overtime hours, they do -- and reduce base wages by about the same amount. Workers' weekly take-home pay changes little.
Employers seem to be getting the advantage either way. They can give an employee a salaried position and then guilt them into working an insane number of weekly hours....or they can pay by the hour, make them work over 40 anyway, but at a reduced hourly salary.
Really? Have employee-employer relationships become that cynical?
I will admit that in this union diminished work environment, a number of employers will take advantage of their "options" to always keep employee salaries to the employer's advantage. But you would think that a hard working valuable employee would be worthy of a reward for their labors.
At least that's what they tell you when you get hired on.
Mr. Sherk works for the Heritage Foundation - the think tank that only the Chamber of Commerce could love.
If employers truly act like Mr. Sherk is contending, then the value of work has been greatly diminished and the need for unions has been proven beyond all doubt.
Let's just ponder that for a moment.