Petition to end or change the law regarding mandated (or forced) overtime in Kentucky
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A lot of us have been there. whether it is a Manufacturing Job or a Call Center or another type of employer. You are 2 hrs from leaving or in some cases about to clock out when "BOOM" a lower level manager or supervisor comes to you and mandates you to stay for another few hours or In some cases longer.
What does this mean? Typically what this means is that since there is no law against it or regulating it to protect employees in Kentucky, you will have to work it or say no and get some sort of small punishment like a point or half a point. In some extreme cases I personally have seen people fired or suspended.
Mandated overtime in this light lowers people's morale at work which causes less production. Hard feelings towards the various companies and management. This also can lead to high turnover rates at a job.
The reason being people have to uproot their lives when this happens or scramble to find accommodation. Examples include childcare, emergency situations, having only one vehicle or having any sort of rest in some extreme cases.
I'm not actually asking for support in ending mandatory overtime completely. What I'm asking for support with is regulating it or changing the law to where at least 24 to 48 hrs notice from an employer has to be provided for mandatory overtime so employees have time to make important decisions, cancel appointments or change them, find childcare or any other reasonable solution for situations that may arise outside work.
There will always be volunteers for overtime. however when there isn't and mandatory overtime is necessary, 24 hrs notice from an employer is reasonable as opposed to the usual 2 hrs or in some cases 5 minutes prior to ending of a workday.
If you are an employee of any employer in the state of KY who has been inconvenienced by this unfair and sometimes heavy handed tactic, let's get this to the right people so a legitimate change can happen.
I am sending this to my local Representative as well as the Governor to incite a real change for our state for better morale and working environments.
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