Reboot Your Computer, Don't Get Paid

There are pros and cons to going with an hourly wage versus salary. One of the good things about an hourly wage is that you’re eligible for overtime. But if you work in a big corporate environment and you work with computers everyday, you may be in for a pay cut.

This week, news of several new lawsuits appeared from employees of big corporate companies. The employees are suing their respective employers for cutting their pay due to computer startup and reboot times. Essentially, the time you spend starting your computer or restarting it, for any reason, is accumulated and deducted from your pay.

The employees argue that this is highly unreasonable, and that boot times are part of the working process. Reboots are even more so as they could be caused by software errors or just bad hardware.

Law firms are indicating that this new type of lawsuit is becoming more common. During a time when many companies are scaling back and tightening their belts, cost cuts are looked at from every possible angle.

Look out for washroom break lawsuits to come soon!

Read more at the National Law Journal.

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  • Flakes
    ok then, employees leave your computer on all the time even over weekends and then teh company will loose out on there electric bill.
  • rtfm
    ^^ Agreed. Put some folding@home running in the background to help things along
  • wild9
    Flakesok then, employees leave your computer on all the time even over weekends and then the company will loose out on there electric bill.

    That's exactly what one of my associates does. Reason? His particular machine takes an eternity to boot, because his company won't pay for a memory or processor upgrade; their philosophy is to spend nothing and expect the machine to handle new software, on increased data loads. What a ridiculous state of affairs. As far as I am concerned the employee is there on company time and it is my responsibility to ensure they are using the right hardware - if they are left waiting for that hardware then that is hardly their fault and I would not expect them to remedy it on my behalf.