Thoughts On Overtime Pay

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Bird-One's Comment
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I know this would really only pertain to local drivers with otr being mostly cpm but I’m curious how other than local drivers feel about this.

Do you think drivers should get paid overtime after 8 hours?

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Rob T.'s Comment
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OT after 8 would be nice but it really doesn't make a difference compared to OT after 40. I could see it only really being beneficial if you don't work the entire work week.

I'd be more focused on how vacation time is paid out. At PFG they paid us our normal hourly rate for vacation time. Most weeks it ended up causing me to "lose" atleast $500 if i took a full week in one pay period. Thankfully where I'm at now they take your previous weeks (can't recall if it's 13 or 17 weeks) gross pay divided by 40 to come up with an hourly rate they'll pay your vacation hours. For instance last weekI worked 51 hours (11 hours OT @ $40.50) and 8 hours of vacation time that was paid out at the rate of $43.22, or $345.76 for the day where normal hourly rate of $27 would've only paid out $216. Turtle mentioned Walmart also uses some sort of average daily pay for vacation hours.

Kerry L.'s Comment
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I know this would really only pertain to local drivers with otr being mostly cpm but I’m curious how other than local drivers feel about this.

Do you think drivers should get paid overtime after 8 hours?

OT would be after 40 hours in a week. Usually OT has to approved by management in order for an employee to work OT. Well, every company at which I have worked, this has been the case. Currently, any driving positions that pay hourly are IT exempt. I learned this when I interviewed for a yard jockey job. I was offered a position and turned it down because I can make more money by working in a warehouse than I would being a yard jockey with straight pay over 40 hours. The stress of that type of job isn't worth not being paid OT. Anyway, so I suppose you must be asking should hourly driving jobs no longer be OT exempt. It would certainly make such jobs more attractive for CDL holders who want to be home every day and not have to deal with traffic. I would have taken that yard jockey job (with Lazer Spot) if it paid OT time-and-a-half.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Andrey's Comment
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Most local driving jobs that pay by the hour have OT. The only difference is when it starts. One of my jobs payed OT after 50.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Yes, they should.

I also feel com drivers should get delay pay for sitting in traffic.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Once again Kerry you have no idea what the heck you're talking about. Some companies DO pay OT after 8 hours a day. Many local jobs DO pay OT. I love that you think it needs to be approved. I'm typically over 40 hours within 3 days as an hourly driver. It's cheaper for trucking companies to pay the OT than it is to buy additional equipment to keep drivers under 40 hours. Trucking is nothing like any other industry you've worked before. Personally I won't work for an outfit that pays hourly but won't pay me overtime unless that flat rate is quite generous. My current job had an option to make a flat $30 an hour for all hours or like $23 an hour with OT after 40 when i started. Made more money with the $30 but now with raises I'm at $27 and make more on OT as long as i get around 52 hours a week or so.

If you don't know what you're talking about please just refrain from commenting.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Kerry there are many companies that pay OT after 8 hours.

Banks's Comment
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Yes, they should.

I also feel com drivers should get delay pay for sitting in traffic.

FedEx has paid me my hourly rate for sitting in traffic.

I'd be more focused on how vacation time is paid out

I'm not sure how FedEx averages it out, but vacation rate is paid at the average of your gross, not 40 hours.

OT after 8 would be nice but it really doesn't make a difference compared to OT after 40. I could see it only really being beneficial if you don't work the entire work week.

FedEx pays OT after 8. It comes in handy for weeks with holidays and when you call off. Next week for example, we're off Thursday and Friday (I'll probably take a run on Friday), I can still get in ot for the 3 day work week.

Auggie69's Comment
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Yes, they should.

I also feel com drivers should get delay pay for sitting in traffic.

Is it true OD pays you guys only $10hr to sit?

RealDiehl's Comment
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I do not get overtime. I figure I get paid to sit while being unloaded and loaded, or even while I'm waiting on a door. It's not really "work" so I'm happy getting paid my regular hourly rate while taking a nap. If I had to drive a full 10+ hours each day or do my own unloading, I might feel differently.

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