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    Job Updates

    Since I've now been with the school system for a little over a year, I don't think it qualifies as a "new" job any longer. LOL.

    So, last week was our last 4 x 10 week. This week is a "transition" week and the hours will be 9:30am to 6pm. Back to official night hours begins next week with the onset of the new school year. The 10 hour days were exhausting, but I really, really did enjoy having those 3 day weekends. LOL.

    As of this past Friday, we still had one full classroom to get cleaned and put back together, the bathrooms need to be done, as well as the cafeteria and the hallways. The new principle has allowed teachers to come into school for the past two weeks or so and we get interrupted a good portion of the time to re-situate things in their rooms, remove things, etc. The attitude seems to be "if you could just move my desk a few inches...." won't take a lot of time, but it does and it interrupts the flow of what we are working on at the moment. Plus, 1.5 to 2 hours at the end of every day is used taking out the garbage and recycle they are generating in their preparations.

    No time at work, so I spent several hours this weekend completing the mandatory online classes that are required every year. And, no, I can't put in for those hours.

    Anyway, my co-custodians keep telling me to just go with it. Whatever gets done is good, the rest... oh, well. And, with all the stuff these teachers are cramming into their classrooms, there probably isn't too much free area for me to clean anyway! We'll see. Should be an interesting start of the new school year.
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    Thank you for the update. It gives us a good picture of what you are doing at work.

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    You can’t put in for hours worked? Is it because it will put you into OT??? Those are documented hours worked!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frugal-one View Post
    You can’t put in for hours worked? Is it because it will put you into OT??? Those are documented hours worked!
    I'll look into it, but not sure how far it will go. They are not approving any OT and there is simply too much to be done around the school to take the couple of hours needed. There is also a deadline to complete them. Again, I'm okay with it as it, but will look into it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happystuff View Post
    I'll look into it, but not sure how far it will go. They are not approving any OT and there is simply too much to be done around the school to take the couple of hours needed. There is also a deadline to complete them. Again, I'm okay with it as it, but will look into it.
    Happystuff, at my place of work which was a municipal government entity, staff who were “nonexempt “from the work standards outlined in the Fair Labor Standards Act were FORBIDDEN to do assigned work outside of their 40 hour time.

    That is because my organization could get into big trouble for not paying them overtime.The way to do this thing your employer expects is to have all the custodial staff meet in a room and show them the videos they are supposed to watch. That way they know that the training is completed and that has been completed during paid work time.

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    Same law applies to nongovernment entities (with a few exceptions).

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    Yes, I would say it is illegal for them to not pay you, but you could get in trouble from your employer for working extra hours without prior authorization. "Not enough time to do it during assigned work hours" will typically fall upon deaf ears, unfortunately.

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    I asked around and most of my peers also did it at home. They have many more years here than I and said that is how they always did it. One of them suggested seeing if we could at least get comp time for it.
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    Unfortunately wage theft is all too common. Itís up to you to decide if itís worth the fight because it would not be pleasant and also Carrieís the real risk that you would be terminated. Depending on your future work plans, and the statute of limitations, it might be a fight you can put off until you are ready to quit anyway.

    At my former mega corp job a class action suit had been filed against that branch of my employer before I started. As a result one of the senior staff in our section walked around everyday at 4:35 and told people to go home. The suit ended up being successful and I inadvertently became part of the class because I needed to opt out if I didnít want to participate and I didnít return the form after misreading it and thinking I had to opt in. As a result I got a check for about $4,000 of overtime for the time I was considered hourly when I was first hired and lacked any autonomy in my work activities.

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    happy stuff, As a former teacher I can sympathize with your frustration. Room prep is hard and moving furniture was something I did most of the time, not wanting to bother the custodial staff who had much to do! And not enough time! I don't know if you have a union. Our support staff finally were able to have representation, but I am not sure it did a lot....so much depends on the principal. Good luck.

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