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Is it illegal to be on salary unless you have at least two direct reports?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Columbo, Sep 11, 2006.

  1. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member

    I had heard this Friday.

    If so, at least one company I know of would potentially be in big trouble.
  2. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Huh? Please elaborate, L.T.
  3. Norman Stansfield

    Norman Stansfield Active Member

    Reports? Reporters? Yes, please clarify.
  4. Shaggy

    Shaggy Guest

    Columbo is trying to say you're supposed to hourly unless you're the boss of two people.
  5. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    Depends on the state, I believe.
  6. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Depends on the job, too. Columnists or some type of "senior reporter" can be on salary. They may not supervise anyone but are considered experts and in some cases technically may have to provide guidance or training to others.
  7. Oscar Madison

    Oscar Madison Member

    This is yet another labor law commonly violated by the newspaper industry.
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I would say it's a gray area that newspapers fight hard to maintain.
  9. RedCanuck

    RedCanuck Active Member

    I would think it depends on the state. As far as I know, here in Ontario, it is perfectly legal to pay any employee on a salary wage, so long as that salary still constitutes minimum hourly wage or higher.
  10. reformedhack

    reformedhack Well-Known Member

    That's not the case in Florida, and I suspect that's the case across the country as well. Employers can pay anyone an annual salary for any position, whether they're a supervisor or not.
  11. Oscar Madison

    Oscar Madison Member

    Wrong, I looked into this about five years ago. To be salaried at a daily newspaper, the employee most supervise at least two employees, be under contract, be a columnist or senior writer or work for a paper with a circulation of under 3,000.

    And the kicker is it's illegal to force any hourly employee to work over 40 hours a week.
  12. Specifically at newspapers? If so, why? I've never heard of that in any of the northeast states I've worked in.

    In other businesses, I don't know anyone other than computer programming consultants who are hourly employees - and they are considered contractors anyway.
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