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.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lauren" <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
> That's how I understand it, but here's more from this guy, who
> was noisy then,
Why am I not surprised that this person is involved.
I'll refrain from further comment on this area.
> There has not been an interpretation yet on the extent of the exception.
> Does it mean that technical writers are computer software employees who are
> not exempt so they cannot be professional employees who are exempt? Or does
> it mean that technical writers are not computer software employees?
If it's the latter, then that means that anyone who ever
uses a computer in their work could be considered a
"computer software employee." I think the code is
fairly clear on this, at least, in order for writers to be
considered "computer software employees" they
have to actually be producing one or more of the the
specific document types listed in 5e. The installation
and service manuals for a PW307B turbofan engine
are not written by "computer software employees."
> Gene, I think that there is another possibility to the outcomes that you
> mentioned in another post. The court could rule in favor of Sun and rule
> that the overtime was acceptable for Hoenemier's job. This interpretation
> would mean that technical writers are covered under the professional
> exemption and that they are not computer software employees. Employers
> could interpret this to mean that technical writers, as professional
> employees, can earn less than half of what computer software employees do
> (based on the $16 and $36 per hour minimums). So salaries can go down and
> unpaid OT can go up for technical writers.
That scenario is covered in my Neutral (1); Hoenemier
loses, there is no workplace impact. Employers can
already pay technical writers as little as they think they
can and still attract applicants, and since most technical
writers are currently paid as professionals their pay can
already go down and unpaid OT go up.
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-