Originally Posted by Brat
"frequently in the management chain of the shift workers" doesn't tell me if you were a salaried supervisor or manager.
The fact that this practice has been going on a long time doesn't mean that WH has looked at it.
The answer is "yes." Depending on how you wish to define the roles I worked as an hourly worker and then in various salaried roles with the final title being "Area Manager." These were with different companies, in different cities and with different professional credentials.
I don't remember chapter and verse but there is a specific item somewhere buried in the labor regs that says "reasonable" transition times are allowed for continuous operations that are not subject to additional compensation.
I agree with you that just because it has been going on a long time doesn't mean its right. I'm not sure what your use of "WH" stands for. Since we have a random management WH, maybe we could have it resolved with an executive order.
There have certainly been many eyes on the issue. This practice wasn't done by shady operators. I typically worked for some of the largest corporations in the world. Unions were sometimes involved and I'm very sure they would have jumped all over something that was not in compliance with labor laws. I had problems with the union reps making crap up, saying it was the law and needed me to rebut them after contacting legal.
In any case, it's all a long time ago. If you wish to mount your steed and go on quest, I give you a cause.