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Hello all, Ours is a coaching institute. Recently, a teacher resigned due to maternity and we were unable to backfill her position even after around 4 months of search. Hence we approached the other teachers of the same subjects if they could share her load in their regular work hours, since they had free sessions. Are we bound to pay them since they are doing someone else's work? Or we can ask them to manage in the same salary as their work hours are not changed. It's just that their free hours are now getting utilised.
From India, Pune
Madhu.T.K
4193

When you yourselves know that the teachers are shouldering some one's load. Then why do you raise such question? In a regular college the system would be different because there is no scope for paying over time wages to teachers. But in a commercially set up tuition centre, the system in a regular college will not apply but it should be governed by the labour law in force. It is also true that an employee in a factory or a commercial establishment should work at least for 8 hours excluding intervals for rest before he becomes entitled to overtime payments. But in a tuition centre, the salary is fixed as per the sessions taken and considering the subject handled. It is also agreed that in order to take a session of one hour the teacher is expected to prepare for one hour and that is also considered as working hours. If the teacher has to take an extra session he will have to prepare for it using some other spare time either while being in the tuition centre or at his home. That should certainly be rewarded by paying additional amount. Therefore, the remuneration which would have been paid to the teacher who resigned should be shared among the other teachers who would shoulder additional burden till a replacement is made.
From India, Kannur
KK!HR
1530

To add to what is stated above and endorsing the same, probably you may be able to save some money in distributing the extra workload without any extra remuneration, then next time you will not get any volunteers when such occasion arises. This scenario is often repeated in Tuition Centers. Apart from the monetary part, such teachers would feel they are being recognised and their efforts are getting appreciated. So it is not worth it to save some inconsequential money.
From India, Mumbai
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