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You Earn Your Success Hour By Hour

Are you a part time employee? Or are you a full time employee? Do you get an hourly wage? Or are you salaried? Do you know how what hours you work and how you're paid can make all the difference in your professional life and your personal life?

By the time you finish reading this page you'll have access to information dealing with such issues as:

Understanding who gets what hours
Understanding how important keeping hours is

Discover what successful people know about how hours plays a part in the level of their success. If you're in a salaried position, your hours are basically yours.

Based on your workload, you decide how many hours you work each day. When you take any breaks. When you break for lunch and for how long. As well as how many hours you work a week.

Hourly If you're not in a salaried position, you're subject to local, state and federal laws regarding all of these aspects.

It's up to an employer to make up a new employee's schedule. It's up to the employee to see that this schedule is followed.

The general rules A person who works 40 hours or more is a full time employee.

If a person works any less than 40 hours, they're a part time employee.

If a person in a full time position works over 40 hours, they'll be paid "overtime". Which is time and a half. The regular hourly rate plus 1/2 more for each hour over 40.

A person working a part time position can also earn overtime. After they've worked their hours plus however many more to make 40 hours. Then be paid time and a half for each hour over 40.

A salaried employee doesn't have any set number of hours like employees who earn an hourly wage. Thus, they won't get paid any overtime if they work over 40 hours a week. But they'll get paid their full salary if they only work 30 hours a week.

An employee working a full time hourly wage position will get a thirty-minute break for every 8 hours of work.

Employers will decide what, if any, other breaks are needed. Such as 15 minutes within the first 4 hours and 15 minutes within the second 4 hours.

An employee working a part time hourly position will get a 10 to 15 minute break after 4 hours.

Because a salaried employee doesn't have any set hours, there are no rules set about when or for how long they get breaks.

The importance of being earnest Believe it or not, an employer can get into trouble if an employee isn't taking their scheduled break(s).

They can be seen as not complying with federal regulations. And because it can throw off their time and payroll schedule(s).

That's why it's so important to employers that employees start and finish work as well as their break(s) on time.

It's important to employees as well. Their paychecks will be affected. Not to mention the trouble it can cause their relationships with their employers if they're often late or early.

If there's a time clock No doubt the time clock was invented to accurately record any changes an employee makes to their schedule. At least the employer doesn't have to try to keep tabs on each employee personally.

As a general rule, if an employee is seven minutes or more early starting work or returning from a break, they'll be paid for another fifteen minutes. On the flip side of this coin, if an employee is seven minutes or more late, they'll be docked for a full fifteen minutes.

You can see how being late or early can affect an employer's schedules. Now multiply these kind of changes by however many employees -

Where you are Where you work, in what part of the country, can affect these general rules.

There is at least one state that, as of the late 1990's, did not have anything "on the books" that gave an employee the legal right to a lunch/dinner break of any kind. That an employee in this state received such a break, was strictly due to the generosity of the employer ...

Most employers schedule time for each employee to take at least a thirty-minute lunch/dinner break. But - You need to check out your state's law.

Bottom line ... There are often times when changes or allowances need to be made. Either by the employer or the employee.

Hopefully the rules of communication, such as advance notice when possible, will be practiced by both to help keep things moving as smoothly as possible for everyone.

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