You post an article from 1997 when the economy was booming from the dot com era. Duh! Companies were offering massive amounts of overtime then because of the time it takes to hire a new employee and actually get them "on the job." In a down economy, as it is now, overtime is offered because of a temporary spike in the business, after the spike, things return back to normal. If hiring were the answer, after the spike would come layoffs.<quoted text>
Companies have reasons for not hiring and empolyees have reasons not to accept overtime. http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/w... . Quit letting the govt. su$k your tit and stand up for yourself.
The article also failed to point out what the employee was claiming on her W4 form. If claiming "Married, 7", those numbers would be different than those claiming "Single, 0". Also, those extra taxes due to overtime is usually returned at the end of the year due to higher yearly earnings, assuming the employee is claiming "Single, Zero" as most do. If claiming "Married, 7", she would've brought home more weekly than the article stated, but less at the end of the year.
Next time, make sure the article has all the facts and is relevant to the conversation.