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Payroll (Posted on 2005-01-02) Difficulty: 3 of 5
The ABC Widget company paid its salaried employees each month 1/12 of their annual rate of pay. Then, on a month that began on a Sunday, they switched to paying them every other week 1/26 of their annual pay.

Alice said that works out worse for the employees, as in the first month, they'd get only 1/13 of their annual pay instead of 1/12.

Bob said "No, you're getting some of your money sooner by two weeks, more than making up for it, so that it's better for the employees."

Who is right?

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Solution Salaried employees | Comment 4 of 10 |

In my previous post, I had misread the problem.

For salaried employees, they used to get:
Salary/12 per month times 12 months.

From now on they are going to get:
Salary/26 per 14 days  which is equal to:
Salary/(26*14)  per day
So in a year they will get:
365.25/(26*14)  = 1.003434 of their Annual Salary

In my previous post I figured the interest income lost by being paid on average about one week later.  This worked out to about a 0.06% loss.   The 0.3434% pay raise more than offsets the loss due to the time value of money.

So Alice is wrong completely.  Bob's reasoning is wrong but has the right answer:  the employees are better off under the new plan


  Posted by Larry on 2005-01-02 19:02:24
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