It’s that time of year again!
A time when hundreds of freshly-minted new-hires find themselves eagerly anticipating director training in April. A time when winter directors begin to gear up for the craziness that is the summer canvass. Student directors are getting ready to throw themselves into the business of building people power and learning valuable skills. Pre-recruits are lining up ready to pound the pavement in cities all across the country.
Oh, and it’s also a time to pay very close attention to every new document that you are asked to sign. Particularly those that are labeled “not for distribution.”
You have a right to discuss changes in your pay.
It is a time of year that is notorious for rolling out changes in staff policies and experiments with pay. As increases in state minimum wages are enacted, we imagine most directors will recognize more than a few alterations in the pay structures of their offices.
Directors in many states may see their pay transferred from salary to hourly. Many of these changes are being made to allow the Fund to pay you as little as legally possible. CDs may find that they are being asked to sign the exact same contract as ADs. You may see hourly “maximums” enacted, or large changes in the average number of hours you are expected to work per week that do not reflect the realities of the job. Review your paychecks and make sure that all of the hours you’ve worked in the pay period are accounted for and keep personal records. The Fund is legally obligated to pay you for every hour you actually work, and you are entitled to 150% of your hourly pay rate for every hour you work overtime. Additionally, under federal law salaried employees may also be entitled to overtime pay if they earn less than $23,660 per year, or are paid less than $455 per week.
Canvassers may see vet pay disappear from their list of possible benefits. Changes in commission percentages may be rolled out. You may see standards change from a daily monetary quota to a daily or weekly sustainer-based quota.
If you have questions about any of these changes, we encourage you to reach out. Additionally, we are providing a forum below where you can post anonymous questions or concerns you may have about these changes.