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Not always, Jay. A lot of corporations doing business with the feds classify tech writers/editors as something else (in the case of my company, information analysts) because that labor classification doesn't require overtime pay, whereas the labor law on government contracts requires tech writers/editors to get overtime pay. Unethical? Perhaps, and you can take it up with the Dept of Labor and get what you got coming to you and count it in the unemployment line.
> Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2008 09:16:43 -0800> From: techwriter -at- covad -dot- net> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com; jay -at- laserpubs -dot- com> Subject: Re: employment law, overtime> > Jay Maechtlen wrote:> >> > > Well, I thought I wrote it, anyway.> Sorry about the previous messages - it seems that various stuff was > hiding in HTML format- I took it into Notepad, and reduced it to text.> > This may be of interest to those in the US who work unpaid overtime.> > > It was written:> > "... I informed my manager that I will not work 80 hours a week as> a rule. They'll get the usual crazy OT out of me at milestones and> deadlines, but I will no longer give my company two writers for the> cost of one. That may sound horrible to you, but I spent a decade> working nutty hours, and all I got was sickness, no social life, and> less money per hour. ;-) How will upper management ever feel the> pain if we writers continue to perform miracles? My boss not only> agrees with me, he was horrified to think I'd consider anything> else. I hope your manager is as understanding."> > > > Recently we had a talk at our local STC chapter regarding work rules,> hours, etc.<br>> It develops that we techwriters are entitled to overtime compensation> in nearly all cases.> Unless the writer is also the boss, overtime rules apply.> At least, that's the case in California.> I believe it applies nationwide. If your company compensates properly,> you writers should be making a bucket of money!> Overtime compensation is not just a nice idea, it is the law.> > -- > Jay Maechtlen> 626 444-5112 office> 626 840-8875 cell> www.techpubs.com> > ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^> > Create HTML or Microsoft Word content and convert to Help file formats or > printed documentation. Features include support for Windows Vista & 2007 > Microsoft Office, team authoring, plus more.> http://www.DocToHelp.com/TechwrlList> > True single source, conditional content, PDF export, modular help.> Help & Manual is the most powerful authoring tool for technical> documentation. Boost your productivity! http://www.helpandmanual.com> > ---> You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as alackerson -at- msn -dot- com -dot- > > To unsubscribe send a blank email to > techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> or visit http://lists.techwr-l.com/mailman/options/techwr-l/alackerson%40msn.com> > > To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> > Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit> http://www.techwr-l.com/ for more resources and info.>
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