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Firms charge employees for Vista boot-up times

Getting themselves sued
Wed Nov 19 2008, 12:30

TIGHT ARSED employers are refusing to pay employees for the 20 or so minutes it takes for their computers to boot-up or shut down.

Apparently it has become an issue since the introduction of Windows Vista where boot up and log out times are a lot longer. Several outfits – including AT &T, United Health Group and Cigna – have refused to stump up for time that their employees are idle waiting for their computers to get in the mood to do some work. It could only happen in America and since the companies are in the Land of the Free they are also now being hit by some serious class actions.

Lawyer Mark Thierman, a Las Vegas solo practitioner, is apparently making a killing slapping writs on such companies.

He said that all those minutes added up over a week, and hourly employees are losing some serious pay.

The employers have hired Richard Rosenblatt to defend them. He claims that, in most cases, computer booting does not warrant being called work. He said that most employees boot the computer, then engage in non-work activities such as having a smoke, talking to friends or getting a coffee.

Of course, if you are not being paid to log on and off why on earth would you do it? We guess an employee could open a huge security problem and refuse to log off every evening, or rip out the company hard-drives and install flash memory and Linux instead. µ

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