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Saturday, April 03, 2004
 
Another Reason to Unionize
The NYTimes explores the practice of "shaving time" off of employees paychecks in order to reduce costs. As someone who has seen this technique practiced first hand and also been ordered to do it (I ignored my boss's "suggestion")... all I can say is... Well, duh.
Experts on compensation say that the illegal doctoring of hourly employees' time records is far more prevalent than most Americans believe. The practice, commonly called shaving time, is easily done and hard to detect — a simple matter of computer keystrokes — and has spurred a growing number of lawsuits and settlements against a wide range of businesses.
In a country where the ruling party has chosen to eliminate overtime for millions of workers and reclassify them as "non-exempt" salaried employees, should we be surprised?

Short of a lawsuit there is little effective recourse for a typical working class schlub. (And you can guess how many members of the bar are lining up to challenge corporations for what individually amounts to a few thousand dollars, at best.)

I wonder when this type of stuff will reach a critical mass. When it does, get ready for the pendulum to swing.
 
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