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BusinessJustin November 1st, 2014 10:09pm

You're paid on salary and are supposed to work 40 hours a week, but you go home early a few days a week because you have nothing left to do and so you only end up working 35 hours. Is this okay?

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Rob Be Safe Be Smart
11/02/14 10:07 pm

I'm sure there's something you could find to do. 38 would be ok, but I think 35 is pushing it.

grondini Mainer in NC
11/02/14 5:19 pm

Only ok if your co-workers don't have to pick up any of your slack. I work in a hospital with a dept open 24/7 and I'm salaried. If we're caught up, the next shift will let is go home 30 min early. It balances out - we stay late often as well.

FlipFlopGirl Sic semper tyrannis
11/02/14 4:19 pm

Yes bc on other weeks you will work more than 40 hours a week. That's the point of a salary!

catpillow Florida West Coast
11/02/14 3:46 pm

Of course it's ok. There will be other weeks when you work much more than 40 hours.

11/02/14 3:05 pm

I do this all the time. My boss just cares that we get our stuff done effectively.

11/02/14 6:46 am

Usually it's reversed and you are expected to work 60 hours...

Theutus Florida
11/02/14 6:03 am

I worked for some neurotic upper management that used too force start and end times on us. I got really good at bejeweled after the work was finished. Nothing like being held captive in a cubicle.

rons Thanks America
11/02/14 5:56 am

Ask for more work.

DonWichita Kansas
11/02/14 11:02 am

Ron has the best solution of all.
Ask your boss for more work, if there isn't he/she may let you off anyway. When lay-offs come it will be a good memory for your boss that you meet commitments & are loyal to the work. Its better than being dishonest.

Wackacrat Harford County
11/02/14 3:24 am

As long as you are there when there is an inundation of work demand and don't mind doing what it takes to get it done, including no paid overtime.

FATSHADOW Cyborg Gorilla
11/02/14 1:36 am

I do this all the time. I have a certain workload I am responsible for each week & each month. At slower points of the year like now, I take Fridays off, certain months I'm in 1-2 Saturdays. My bosses pay me the same regardless.

EarlyBird Portland
11/01/14 11:30 pm

It sure is ok! That's one of the perks of being salaried.

mac Oregon
11/01/14 9:42 pm

If you are salary, you work the job not the hour.

arielb SoCal, so Cal
11/01/14 11:38 pm

Not if you're on a govt contract.

arielb SoCal, so Cal
11/01/14 11:39 pm

You need to remain on tap just in case during business hours.

brenstal Florida
11/01/14 8:58 pm

I think it is if you make it up at other times and you're clearing it with your supervisor.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
11/01/14 6:05 pm

It's OK unless there is a specified requirement for me to be at work at least 40 hours a week. My bet is with the extra hours during parts of the year, and unnecessary phone calls during what should be my off time, it averages out in their favor.

GlockMan1 Alabama
11/01/14 5:50 pm

It usually all works out. Sometimes you have to put in overtime will no extra pay.

Squidboy Snarkapottamus
11/01/14 5:15 pm

If you get your work done, yes. But I don't want to hear you complain when you're putting in 60 hour weeks.

BusinessJustin Tamriel
11/01/14 6:15 pm

Haha, I'm not one to complain about long hours usually. Perhaps it's masochism, but I actually kind of enjoy working longer hours.

RJ1969 SoCal
11/01/14 3:35 pm

That's why you work your ass off while you're younger so you have options like this as an adult. Salary is the way to go.

fredd TrumpLand
11/01/14 3:28 pm

It probably depends on what kind of bosses and workplace culture you have, but I think it's fine. You're a professional, you're there to do a job. it's done? Go home! You'll probably end up working extra at some point anyway.

spicysteve M14D SBS
11/01/14 3:22 pm

As long as the task is completed.

sojourner present
11/01/14 3:22 pm

Yes, because if you are like most salaried positions you will ultimately end up working more than 40 hours most weeks.