RE: Tech Writer Lawsuit

Subject: RE: Tech Writer Lawsuit
From: Melissa Nelson <melmis36 -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 10:10:31 -0400

I, for one, have to report my time on each project I work on. I am salaried but my work is billable to customers, including the military. I have to account for every quarter hour. We have a program called Teamplayer. A couple of times as a contractor I have had to record my time twice, once for the contractor so that I could paid, and once for the company so they could bill my hours to the customer. I have always been salaried, but there was only place that I did not have record my time. I try to be very diligent at it and record it every night before I leave. There are days when I work on three or four projects, on those days I record my time a couple of times a day. Not that I am overly diligent...I am just overly forgetful!

Melissa


























> Subject: RE: Tech Writer Lawsuit> Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 08:57:20 -0400> From: Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> To: techwr -at- genek -dot- com; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> > On Behalf Of Gene Kim-Eng uttered:> > > > Lawyer's arguments notwithstanding, it seems to me (and> > I'm not a lawyer) that the key phrase in the computer software> > employee section is "who is paid on an hourly basis."> > > > >From Sun's response as reported in the article, they appear> > to be maintaining that Hoenemier was salaried (paid per pay> > period or year), and because she was not paid by the hour> > the entire section on hourly employees in the computer> > software field does not apply to her but that the professional> > exemption does because she was "primarily engaged in work> > requiring knowledge of an advance type" and was "intellectual> > and varied in character," and that she "customarily exercised> > discretion and independent judgment" in her work (actually,> > Sun appears to be saying that she was *supposed* to do> > that, but had to have extra supervision because she didn't> > do it well).> > > > Hoenemier will have to convince the judges that she was> > paid by the hour and not by pay period or annum, that her> > work was predominantly repetitious, was not intellectual> > and did not require advanced knowledge, or that she never> > exercised discretion and independent judgement in her> > work. Just what we would all like people to think technical> > writing is like, yes?> > This has all been interesting, if a little academic for me (I live and> work in Canada) but the question that keeps percolating in the back of> my mind is:> > If we asked everybody on this list whether or not they are _required_ to> account for their time, on an hourly or sub-hourly basis, which group> would likely predominate? I doubt that more than a fistful of writers> actually punch a clock, but I'd be surprised if most of us didn't have> to keep a log of some sort.> For our company, it's done in software called Journyx, which allows> reporting down to the quarter hour.> > Some of the software developers' weekly timesheets look like one massive> block assigned to a single project. Others' are more like mine that have> six or eight projects tracked, with time-blocks of anywhere from 30> minutes to 8 hours indicated. Since I tend to actually fill these out on> Friday afternoon (or even Monday morning if Friday was a rush-to-release> day), they are necessarily guesstimates, but that's a digression. The> point is that the time is tracked. Somebody takes it seriously. Somebody> compiles al those timesheets and runs various sorts of manipulations on> the numbers.> When we are running projects that qualify for a government> science-and-innovation rebate, it's obvious why that time-tracking is> needed. When we are running projects for specific big customers, it's> obvious why we need to track which-of / how-many-of our hours were> expended on that customer.> > When it's neither of those, it can only be for the benefit of the> company. > I'm sure other people have the same sort of arrangement. I'd be very> surprised if a company the size of Sun didn't have some kind of standard> effort-tracking mechanism, tied to hours (since that's about the only> parameter that can be tracked that way).> > How does that affect the discussion?> > Kevin> The information contained in this electronic mail transmission > may be privileged and confidential, and therefore, protected > from disclosure. If you have received this communication in > error, please notify us immediately by replying to this > message and deleting it from your computer without copying > or disclosing it.> > > ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^> > 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 melmis36 -at- hotmail -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/melmis36%40hotmail.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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References:
RE: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Lauren
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Gene Kim-Eng
RE: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: McLauchlan, Kevin

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