TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Gene Kim-Eng wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> installation and service manuals for rackmounted servers,
> an exempt professional employee while Bob, who writes
> software manuals, is a nonexempt clerical employee?
The more I read about it, the more I think the intent of the law is
illustrated where it draws the distinction between those who write
software specifications based on end-user requirements, and those who
write product documentation for end-users. Writing software specs
require specialized knowledge, product documentation doesn't.
The distinction is defined by the extremes, but is artificial--the job
duties are a continuum with no natural boundary. I reckon the industry
is well aware of the problem they've created. They'd have to be severely
handicapped not to have seen that the law says OT for documentation
functions at one end of the continuum.
My guess is that they've known for some time whether they would contest
OT suits while rewriting the laws, or just pay the plaintiffs, win some
good will, and rewrite the laws. My hope is that we'll be there to
inject our reality when employers lobby again to write exempt laws for
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 archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-