|Career Development Professional Profiles Office Culture Job Hunting Advice Editor's Picks|
Home > Article
Q. Is it legal to give hourly employees reviews more frequently than salaried personnel?
I work for a nationwide industrial company that seems to have no set timeframes for performance reviews and pay increases for salaried employees. Yet the company has very strict wages and review periods for hourly employees. Salaried employees' wages and benefits vary vastly across the country; they seem to hinge on individual negotiations between local managers and personnel. I have watched hourly employees get regular reviews and wage increases while salaried personnel in the same location were completely overlooked for three and four years at a time. Is this legal? Is this discrimination?
A. The government only requires an employer to pay its employees the minimum wage. An employer is not legally obligated to offer annual merit increases or cost-of-living adjustments. Hourly employees, who are sometimes unionized, may have a contractual agreement with an employer that may require an employer to deliver merit and cost-of-living increases to its members.
It is unfortunate that your company does not see fit to reward its employees for their work. However, such increases are considered voluntary, and based on your description, do not appear discriminatory.
- Erisa Ojimba, Certified Compensation Professional
Copyright 2000-2004 © Salary.com, Inc.
More Related Articles
Use Your Resume To Help Negotiate a Higher Salary
Most job seekers believe that salary negotiation starts once they have an offer in hand, but nothing could be farther from the truth.
Delegating: Learning to Let Go
It's a common sight in many companies: the supervisor who stays long after the staff has left and carries home a bulging briefcase each weekend. Managers often avoid taking their full allotment of vacation time because they know the longer they're away from the office, the larger the pile of catch-up work will be when they return. In some cases, the cause may be overwork, but in others it's that these individuals do not properly.
Are You Truly Successful?
How do you know when you have achieved success? The answers depend on who you ask.
Google Web Search
Didn't see what you were looking for?
powered by Google