We all know the proverbial phrase "don't count your chickens before they hatch." I am glad I typically don't (but I am guilty of it on occasion!)
G-man did some field work for the office a few weeks ago on a Saturday. 12 hours. He was told it would be overtime.
He was supposed to work at his second job that day, but they are aware of the nature of his work and that sometimes the office needs come first. Plus, the OT rate is 4x the second job rate! So he made arrangements with the second job, and happily did his field work.
That pay should have been on this week's paycheck, except it wasn't. So he investigated, and someone in higher authority than the one who approved the overtime....changed it to "comp" time. There was alot going on last week at the office, and they "forgot" to tell him of the change.
12 hours of comp time is meaningless to G-man. At this point, he earns a 8 hours of vacation and 4 hours of sick time per paycheck. He starts the year carrying over 240 hours of vacation (so even without earning anything...he starts with 6 weeks of vacation). His entire year of vacation is considered "use or lose." You can't carry over more than 240 hrs from year to year, so you have to use it up. He has a hard time using up the 26 days he HAS to use. Now they just added in another day and half.
We are 7.5 months into the year, and I think he has used 7 or 8 days of his 26, now 27.5. Especially with being on his own....he sees no reason to take time off. He doesn't have anything to do. And as much as we would love him to come home more, the financial aspect of the travel is cost prohibitive. Driving is 13-14 hours, and alot of wear and tear on his body and the car, although it is the least expensive. We may look into an overnight train so he can come home again before Christmas.
But comp time does nothing for us. And we lost out on the pay he would have had at the second job.
The plan for the overtime pay wasn't anything sexy or exciting....add it back into the moving account. Over the past year we have used about $1000 for house repairs and staging. So this would have at least helped offset some of it.
Glad I didn't have any REAL plans for that money!