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I welcome the 35 hour workweek!

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 27, 2008 4:20 PM

Personally, I'd rather have a 30 hour workweek, so that I'd only have to work 35 hours.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 27, 2008 4:28 PM

i already have the 37.5 hour work week.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 27, 2008 4:32 PM

I have the 27 hour work week and it suits me just fine.

Posted by Mikki | October 27, 2008 4:44 PM

"...however, for salaried employees whose workload stays the same whether they’re paid or not, the “furlough” could just mean ten unpaid days of work per year."

wtf does that mean?

Posted by Chisf | October 27, 2008 4:45 PM

It means you get f'ed in the a.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 27, 2008 4:47 PM

I'll gladly pay you Tuesday, for a job done this week.

--- Ron "Wimpy" Sims

Picture of Ron Sims at Lunch:

Posted by John Bailo | October 27, 2008 4:49 PM

Actually, if they're salaried don't they get the same pay no matter what? I was under the impression that if your salary was X amount of dollars per year, you got paid X amount of dollars no matter how many hours you worked. My supervisors work 60 hours a week but get paid the same amount of money as if they worked 40 hours a week because they are paid X amount per year no matter how long they're actually there during the week. Salaried employees don't get overtime.

Posted by yucca flower | October 27, 2008 4:54 PM

Get a non-profit job. You show up for 40 hours and spend 20 working, 10 reading Slog, and 10 on whatever you want. You'll start with 3 weeks of vacation to boot!

Oh, you will get paid a bit less. Try to marry a lovable doctor/lawyer/banker.

Posted by non-profit | October 27, 2008 5:41 PM

Taking ten days off is the same as losing a whole pay check. OUCH!

Posted by unhappy county worker | October 27, 2008 5:42 PM

@9, shhh, don't give away our secrets so easy.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 27, 2008 6:00 PM

@8--salaried employees do work until they get there stuff done. and they're paid the same amount for the year, regardless of how many hours worked. but they still have an hourly rate assigned--that way if they have to take unpaid leave, there's a basis for calculating the accurate pay.

For salaried employees, in months in which there's a furlough day, they'll get paid for one less day. it's better than getting laid off, but it makes it harder to go motivate one's self to work on a weekend or holiday.

Posted by Gidge | October 27, 2008 6:31 PM

Salaried employees then have the opportunity to hoard their vacation days by taking time off on these furlough days instead and saving up for a very long vacation. Tell everyone in advance that you'll be gone for a month and they can muddle along without you. Speaking as someone who doesn't get enough time off, getting to take a long uninterrupted vacation sounds pretty nice.

Posted by thatmathchick | October 27, 2008 11:16 PM

@5 -- That means that most of the deputy prosecutors in my spouse's office will be at the office working on the "furlough" days; they just won't be getting paid. Oh yeah, they've starting turning off the lights and heating/cooling systems on nights, weekends, and holidays as well. When the chairs and desks go, it'll be time for the jump to the private sector.

Posted by MarriedToTheLaw | October 28, 2008 9:28 AM

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