Originally Posted by Piobaire
No, I said a consultant gets an hourly. You may have to pay them part or all even if they do not complete a particular task.
This has been fun but for all business purposes the definitions of the wage and hour laws define who may and may not be a salaried employee and it has zero to do with a "professional ethic."
'Professional ethic' isn't stipulated by any national or supranational body - what type of 'ethic' is? And again, I've read your link, and I'm completely at a loss as to what you think it proves...
And it isn't semantics to say that a wage is hour specific whilst a salary is a periodic form of payment - this is elementary.
Look at this:
A salary is a form of periodic payment from an employer to an employee, which may be specified in an employment contract. It is contrasted with piece wages, where each job, hour or other unit is paid separately, rather than on a periodic basis.
A wage is a compensation, usually financial, received by workers in exchange for their labor.
Accordingly people attach an air of professionalism (and shock horror, it's isn't a set of principles expounded upon by the state) to salaried individuals against their wage-receiving peers. Are you arguing against this point?
It seems to me that you take offence to that differentiation... not really much I can say to that only please don't take offence...
And a consultant is paid an hour rate pursuant to the task in which they've been asked / hired to complete; the whole point of the consultant is that they're contractually obliged to undertake a particular activity for which they receive an hourly rate against a total amount of time in which it's believed they are needed / required to complete said task, that isn't the same as someone receiving a reward for labour expended per hour (a wage). Again, read this:
A consultant is usually an expert or a professional in a specific field and has a wide knowledge of the subject matter.
They are expected to do their job ethically and responsibly with minimum supervision.
This may seem like semantics, but obviously it isn't because the words have specific meanings in the labour market - and all this argument stems from the fact that this man took issue with me differentiating between wages & salaries. I would have thought that this difference would be elementary...