I work in the finance department of a relatively big corporation that was the victim of ransomware. The servers/applications that my team need were completely off for 7 days because the IT department correctly gave priority to restoring core activities, such as store systems, websites, apps. Due to this unavailability, it was not possible to do proper work, however, all employees were available and trying to connect to the applications (not in a vacation mood). Each department boss has the power to decide whether to pay or not these hours. The boss of my department wants to discount these hours from our paychecks. Is it fair?
To weigh on this matter, some background is relevant:
- This is in Brazil
- Employees usually work more hours than are paid
- It is expected from employees to stay longer hours during some periods of the month
- I am a salaried worker
- The boss is asking to consider these days as "justified absence", which means the workers have no penalty (like reducing vacation days, discounts on the 13th-14th-15th salaries) for not showing up to work but the company is able to discount these hours.