I saw an email from Appen on a Monday and thought, "Well, this is it I guess." Only it was actually just an update about a newsletter now available on Appen Global that updates a new unpaid leave and make-up hour policy. We now get 32 unpaid hours from January 1st-June 30th, and 32 more for the second half of the year. We can now make up any missed hours for unpaid leave within four weeks of the missed time. You can work up to 29 hours for the week, and no more than six hours per day. Bah, I was thinking they'd let us make up hours for missed pay due to lack of tasks.
Oh well. No Zerochaos-style mass layoff seems imminent.
What lack of tasks? I had personal things to attend to all those times I didn't get enough hours.
I just looked at the old handbook. It is a major cut. Before it said our monthly accrual rate was 6.665 and we would get 80 hours in a year. Now we only get 60 and no holidays. Our monthly accrual now is 4.676. Edit: So the pay cut is for 11 days total (6 holiday and 5 less in pto)
It's actually an increase.
The old rate in the handbook was not what we were *actually* getting, we were getting half of the rate quoted in the old handbook.
The PTO accrual rate increased to make up for the lost holiday time off...
Before this change with the *actual* PTO accrual rate we were getting, plus holidays and wages, we could max out at 1050 hours of wages/pto/holidays per year -- now with all the changes we're at 1048 per year...
The only real difference is we have to work for 6 holidays worth of PTO, rather than get it for free..
Has anyone been able to determine, whether through emails, or just guessing, if we get any automatically granted PTO under the new scheme, ..or is it all only accrued by hourly work?
I can't answer for sure but PTO Vacation days are always accrued at most companies. Nobody really starts out with 2 weeks vacation that way people can't log their vacation in the first month and quit.
The the more you work the more time you accrue.
The old system did grant us non-accrued PTO, for the holidays that were paid, time which didnt come out of our accrued time.. If they're requiring us to accrue every hour under the new policy, that is a bit of a big time bummer... as it'd take months to accrue that much time off... plus it'd come out of our balance.
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