[quote=“MiakaW”] QM, you are correct in regards to this and it is still how it works in US. But I think being an hourly employee are better so you get pay OT!! I was an salary employee and I don’t get to go home at noon when my job is done…
so it doesn’t make sense to be an exempt employee.[/quote]
I"m not sure I agree with you Miaka. You are right, if you are exempt – i.e., a salaried employee – you won’t get paid overtime. And, no, you don’t get to go home at noon if your job is done. However, even if you stay at work and do nothing the rest of the day (but surf the internet, etc…), you still get paid for that time as a salaried employee. If you are hourly, you can go home at 12, but then you are only get paid for the hours you worked in the morning. So, ultimately, you get less money.
As a salaried employee, you are less dependent on the actual hours you work. As another example, when I was in the US, if my university closed because of snow, I still got paid as a salaried employee. However, the hourly people didn’t get paid for that day, since they only got paid for the actual hours worked.
And, at least in my job, the amount of overtime was negligible. So, in the long run, salaried employees did better.
Just my NT $2.