Re: Average Hours Worked

Subject: Re: Average Hours Worked
From: "Steve Arrants" <stephena -at- compbear -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 28 Jul 2002 13:06:15 -0700

"Bruce Byfield" <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com> writes:
> ASUE Tekwrytr wrote:
> > I would appreciate any feedback on the average hours worked per week for
> > salaried TW's. I have heard some scary figures that are considered
> > "normal" for a base salary, with increases in salary level almost
> > automatically entailing longer hours.
> There's many companies that take advantage of the fact that employees
> are salaried to have them work long hours.Stock options are often used
> for the same lure. What's worse, in British Columbia, the government has
> recently made such practices easier.

In California, it is a bit convoluted. Salaried technical writers are
entitled to overtime pay if their hourly rate is under $41/hour (rate
adjusted each 1 October to reflect inflation/deflation). Doesn't matter if
you are classified as exempt or hired on a yearly-salaried basis. Anything
below $40.99/hour qualifies you for overtime under California's wage laws.

> Many employees, especially young ones, respond to this pressure, and
> acquiesce to working long hours. Being old, an erstwhile unionist, and a
> frequent contractor, I'm less receptive to such pressures. I'm perfectly
> willing to work overtime to meet a deadline, but I expect time off or
> payment in return - and I don't mean a pizza or a sub for dinner when
> I'm working late, either. I've seen too many people working for
> pie-in-the-sky that they never received to think otherwise.

Part of this, I think, was because such environments resembled college life
in a lot of ways. Eat, sleep, work in one place.

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Average Hours Worked: From: ASUE Tekwrytr
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