RE: change in payroll status

Subject: RE: change in payroll status
From: "Claire Conant" <Claire -dot- Conant -at- Digeo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 13:12:31 -0700

Consider yourself lucky. You now are eligible for overtime pay.

I don't see any harm in the change of status, and I applaud your
employer for erring on the side of caution. Many employers do the
opposite. I've worked in HR for almost 20 years (couldn't take it
anymore...) and have seen too many instances of employers treading a
very thin line trying to avoid paying overtime to clearly eligible
workers by classifying them as "salaried".

Just my personal opinion, FWIW.

Claire Conant
Technical Editor

Anonymous poster wrote:

I had a meeting with my boss for my day job this
morning. The company I work for has changed me and the
other instruction manual writer's status from
"salaried--exempt" to "salaried--non-exempt".

My boss said the main reason for the change is that
the company wants to err on the side of caution
regarding employment laws. The only differences I can
see are that I have to fill out an additional form
twice a month, and now I'll be paid twice a month
instead of once a month. I'm not concerned with
status, and don't feel like less of a tech writer
because of this.

One thing I am slightly concerned about, though, is
the fact that the company I work for is for sale. It
makes me wonder if this is going to have negative
impact on us when the new buyers take over. Has anyone
on the list ever been in a similar situation, or have
any ideas if this will have any bearing on the future
of my job or the future of my salary?


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