I already read all that in preparation for your response.
What company increases payroll on purpose, when the workload does not merit it?
In fact, every single employer I've ever worked for tries to reign in hours, to those most necessary for the functions of the business.
Otherwise a company will bleed money.
The criticism is dumb as hell.
Again we're back to, "why would a business purposefully over pay employees who have low/no skills?"