Now, this doesn't mean employers have carte blanche to exploit salaried workers to avoid paying overtime or hiring seasonal help. Salaried employees doing hourly wage work over an extended period might qualify for overtime pay for that period, according to employment lawyer Sharon Snyder, of the Ober Kaler national law firm. But they likely would have to be willing and able to fight for it.
For now, follow the lead of the many public safety, military and service industry professionals who give up holidays with their loved ones so we can enjoy ours: Celebrate when and wherever the fates allow. Then, focus on ensuring that next year, these troubles — and this job — will be out of sight.
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Miller has written for and edited tax publications for 16 years, most recently for the accounting firm KPMG's Washington National Tax office. You can find her on Twitter, @KarlaAtWork.