Quote from LM NY
I've always been clueless when it comes to salaries. An hourly wage is easy to calculate, but I have no idea how a salary works. What about holidays, overtime and things like that?
There are many moving parts to wages/compensation that make it hard to give a certain answer, but generally:
First much depends if one is paid via the hour (usually employees who clock in and out) versus management and above who in theory are paid a flat wage regardless of how many hours they work which usually means no overtime as well.
Full time salaried workers are usually paid for 40 hours per week but only work 35 in theory because of paid meal breaks. However some places do not pay for meal time and thus one "clocks out" for breaks/meals and then "clocks in" again afterwards. This would be in addition to the normal signing in and out at the start and end of each work day.
Sick Days, Vacation, and Personal Days:
Again these can be paid or not depending upon the terms of one's employment.
If they are paid then your wages per year include "X" amount of hours/days off for the various personal reasons outlined above. However those without paid time off will see any days or hours missed from work deducted from their wages. So yes, you might get two weeks off with the latter but you aren't going to be paid for the time.
In theory by federal and most local labour laws working through time one is supposed to be given off (such as paid meal breaks) is a no-no, but many nurses and others do anyway. However singing a time sheet or some such saying you took said period off when you didn't can cause all sorts of problems. In addition such actions are actually costing *you* money but saving the facility costs. If they do not have to arrange coverage and or otherwise obtain labour from you during a period when in theory you are supposed not to be working, you have *given* your employer five or whatever hours per week of labour out of your pocket.