CBS Studios Says It Is Not Retroactively Cutting Assistant Pay (EXCLUSIVE)
Within the wake of an e-mail despatched to CBS Studios term-deal assistants informing them that their wages for the week ending March 28 could be capped at 52 hours, CBS tells Selection that the memo was despatched out in error, and that there isn’t a plan to retroactively cut back pay for these help staffers.
“It was a mistake and it has been corrected,” in keeping with a CBS Studios spokesperson.
The unique e-mail had knowledgeable term-deal assistants that beginning the week ending April 4, they’d solely obtain 40 hours’ price of wage even when that they had an extra time approval letter, and that every one extra time hours labored the week ending March 28 could be lowered to 52. The e-mail was first surfaced Tuesday on Twitter.
One help staffer who spoke to Selection forward of the correction had been involved in regards to the ramifications of the obvious change, and being put within the “uncomfortable place of figuring out that I’d make more cash on unemployment than I’d persevering with to work for my boss.”
CBS Studios’ head of human assets despatched the next correction e-mail Tuesday afternoon:
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I hope this e-mail finds you protected and properly. I’m writing to you to make clear and proper the e-mail despatched to you this morning concerning your compensation.
- At the moment, there are not any plans to restrict or cap your working hours to 40 hours per week. We’re persevering with to require written pre-approval for any hours labored in extra of 52 hours per week.
- You’ll at all times be paid in accordance with relevant legislation, together with extra time for hours labored (in California, after eight hours in a day or 40 hours in per week).
- To be clear, there was no instruction or intention to cut back your pay for hours labored retroactively.
When you have any questions, please be happy to succeed in out to me instantly. We apologize for any confusion attributable to the sooner e-mail.
We sit up for getting again to common manufacturing as quickly as doable.”
The assistant who spoke with Selection is skeptical, nonetheless, that the unique two emails despatched by CBS Studios have been a mistake.
“I’ve identified Mo and Suki to be very thorough and cautious with what they ship, they wouldn’t have blasted this out to assistants with out cautious vetting with individuals above them,” this individual mentioned, referring to the senders of the pay-cut emails. “It additionally appears bizarre that it might be chalked as much as a mistake because it was two separate emails, despatched virtually half an hour aside. So, I don’t know that I imagine that it was a mistake, no.”
CBS is retroactively slicing ALL assistants’ hours throughout the board attributable to COVID-19. to make clear, it is a 30%+ pay lower that may end in weekly pay decrease than unemployment. i’m wondering if the execs and showrunners at CBS are taking a 30%+ pay lower as properly? #payuphollywood pic.twitter.com/CA8AOZ6oZP— olga lexell, beguiling bug (@runolgarun) March 31, 2020