Originally Posted by Piobaire
Check your affluence privilege, brah.
In all seriousness working on a holiday is something sought after by many of my lower paid employees as they know they'll get the time and half.
Oh, I don't mean that the person doesn't want a couple hundred extra dollars, just that it doesn't really seem like a big deal.
Company needs someone to work there anyways, so that pay is getting paid no matter what. And they have to pay someone to cover your shift when you are taking PTO (probably OT).
Basically all it is doing is letting an employee trade their PTO time in for cash. That PTO time should already be valued by the employer at their typical pay rate (or at time and a half if they typically have to pay someone else OT to cover for employees taking PTO). At most, the only pay that is truly extra is the extra half time assuming the company wouldn't be paying OT to fill in but for the use of the loophole.
The only way I see it working as a scam is if I can "take off" today to fill in for Piobaire who is "taking off" to fill in for me. We both go to work on a day we would have been scheduled anyway, but stand at each other's posts, and both get paid OT (plus PTO) that wouldn't otherwise be paid. Otherwise it is just a transfer between PTO and cash, which might be important for the employee (especially if extra shifts are not readily available), but isn't really a big deal for the employer.