CBS Studios Says It Is Not Retroactively Cutting Assistant Pay (EXCLUSIVE)

In the wake of an email sent to CBS Studios term-deal assistants informing them that their wages for the week of March 28 would be capped at 52 hours, CBS tells Variety that the memo was sent out in error, and that there is no plan to retroactively reduce pay for those support staffers.

“It was a mistake and it has been corrected,” according to a CBS Studios spokesperson.

CBS Studios’ head of human resources sent the following correction email:

“Hello all-

I hope this email finds you safe and well.  I am writing to you to clarify and correct the email sent to you this morning regarding your compensation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly.  We apologize for any confusion caused by the earlier email.

We look forward to getting back to regular production as soon as possible.”

The original email had informed term-deal assistants that starting the week ending April 4, they would only receive 40 hours’ worth of salary even if they had an overtime approval letter, and that all overtime hours worked the week of March 28 would be reduced to 52. The email was first surfaced Tuesday on Twitter.

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