RE: change in payroll status

Subject: RE: change in payroll status
From: "Neumann, Eileen" <ENeuman -at- franklintempleton -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 16:13:19 -0400

My 2 cents:

I'd be constructively cautious at this point. That is, I'd be polishing a resume, and looking around a bit, but not panicking. Sorry if this is negative, but I have negative experience with (some, and not my current) corporations in regards to job security. They will not tell you if your job is at risk, as that would almost certainly lower staff productivity. They will emphasize any positives for you ('Hey, you get paid for overtime now!') But though it is nice to be paid for overtime, in my experience, jobs that are non-exempt have lower status than exempt jobs. So as I see it, as your company is for sale, being slotted into a job with somewhat lower status should be setting of some 'caution' lights.

Best to be on the safe side than caught totally off guard.

Eileen Neumann
Business Rules and Procedures

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I'm sending this anonymously because of the nature of
the content.

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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