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Posted Saturday, December 1, 2007 12:03 PM


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Posted Monday, December 3, 2007 3:10 AM
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> I just wonder how many of you would be looking for 2 20-hour jobs. I know I would.

In the UK there's quite a lot of legislation to protect part-time workers, such as:

(a) you're not allowed to pay them less than full time workers (per hour)
(b) when recruiting, you can't say a post has to be filled full-time without having a demonstrable, objective business reason
(c) existing employees have a right to request flexible working hours

I don't think UK business culture has yet caught up with this legislation, but it's possible that mixing multiple part-time jobs with flexible hours could become more mainstream over the next decade.
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Posted Monday, December 3, 2007 6:24 AM
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Does that 20 hours per week include on-call hours? I've been on call, generally 2 weeks out of 4, on various platforms and for various languages, since 1992. I'd like to see some legislation here or somewhere else, or even a company policy, that places a value on, and remits same, for the hours spent making sure one is available whether one gets called or not.

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Posted Monday, December 3, 2007 9:43 AM
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There was a law suit in California that, if won, would classify IT workers as eligible for overtime. If I remember correctly, it had to do with creative aspects of our job, basically whether or not our work "output" was dictated to us. Yes, our job is creative in the solutions that we have to find, but it's also dictated in terms of we have to produce "X" output or system: the externals (projects) are dictated, the internals are up to us.

Anyway, I don't know how the lawsuit turned out. It's possible the judge hasn't issued a ruling yet.

I like that "4/3" rule that you've got up there, Steve. I also very much like the all year school schedule, I think that's probably much better for retention, which is critical when students are learning how to think.
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