why arent we ALL commenting on detention pay policies

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  1. homeskillet

    homeskillet Road Train Member

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    I'm paid quite well for detention, although it happens infrequently.
     
  2. homeskillet

    homeskillet Road Train Member

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    I love this too! Jump into my clothes, put on my boots, grab a coffee, jump in the seat, off we go!!!
     
  3. Zeviander

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    My old company made it really hard to get any detention pay. It had to be 24 hours or longer layover (only mechanical or customer issues, not weather or poor logistics planning), and they usually had you moving in 20-23.99 hours. And for waiting over 24 hours, you got $75 a day.

    For sitting at a shipper/receiver, waiting to load/unload, and they are not working past your appointment time, they would have you record your times and then go to charge the customer detention pay... but only if it's a customer they charge detention pay to (most of the places we loaded, they didn't charge, because they were scared of losing the contract).

    And to top it all off, even if you recorded everything correctly, you'd have to keep a keen eye on your pay stub to make sure you got it, because they would conveniently forget it quite often. And if you didn't persist, they'd forget on the next pay cheque and hope you just not notice.

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    My new company, and a big reason why I chose to work for them, make it REALLY easy to get delay/detention pay. All you have to do is fill out the proper areas on the trip sheet, put it into the computer and record your times (and communicate with dispatch, who will make notes on the trip number with more details).

    Plus, it's not a flat rate. They pay down to the hundredth of an hour (i.e. two decimal points), essentially by the minute. It's an hourly rate for anything out of the driver's control. Mechanical problems with the truck, delays at the shipper/receiver, closed highways due to weather or other problems, traffic jams causing slowdowns, everything.

    If you are delayed more than the length of your shift (i.e. a day or more), you are paid for every hour up until the end of your shift (up to 8 hours the first day), and up to 14 hours for every subsequent day. It essentially boils down to, you are ready and willing to work, and so long as the delay wasn't your mistake, you are entitled to get paid for the time you COULD be working.

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    So that time I was laid over in Waterloo, IA with my old company because the shipper ****ed up the product in the trailer, starting Friday evening and leaving Monday afternoon, instead of the $150 and cheap hotel room I was given, I would have been paid probably something of the order of $700-750 and been put up in a really nice hotel (they don't cheap out and pay cab fare).
     
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  4. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

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    Biggest thing you have to remember to kick your barrel foot a
    Because I dont make a habit out of sitting anywhere long enough for detention pay to be a thing.
     
  5. homeskillet

    homeskillet Road Train Member

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    "Barrel foot"?

    Also, I meant that I like waking up in the "morning", in my sleeper, already "at work".
     
  6. KillingTime

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    Nope. Had a stroke.
     
  7. homeskillet

    homeskillet Road Train Member

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    Okay. It's very easy to do, but.....

    I'm confused.
     
  8. KillingTime

    KillingTime Road Train Member

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    Just something I say whenever a thought isn't completed by someone.... Or I try to read the first paragraph of any of X1's 6 page diatribes about trucking in the 1940's.
     
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  9. homeskillet

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    Thanks for clearing that up....

    And regarding x1, I'm glad it's "not just me".......:confused:
     
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  10. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

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    "Kick a tire with your bare foot to wake you up properly," I dont what the heck all that other crap was, could swear I erased it all and didn't hit post.
     
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