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You know, I've been a Non-Exempt Tech Writer several times. Each time it was
simply because I pressed the issue. Each time I was told to "keep it quiet"
because I was the only person (writer, developer, engineer, etc.) being paid
in that manner.
If overtime is needed (and it's only required maybe 30% of the time in my
experience if the company is well managed) then this should not be an issue.
If the company is constantly in a hole, then there's trouble. It's often
large companies (again, in my experience) that have this incredible Overtime
Debt and have pathetic management. That's where the abuse has occurred (that
As the article points out, Labor laws are *out of date*. This is simply
something that needs to happen. It will change things, yes. But we're just
at that stage. The same thing is happening with Telecommuting right now -
just on a smaller scale. The landscape of how we work and what our careers
are is going to be a bit different in the coming decade.
On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 9:59 AM, Milan Davidovic <milan -dot- lists -at- gmail -dot- com>
> On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 10:16 AM, Hemstreet, Deborah
> <DHemstreet -at- kaydon -dot- com> wrote:
> > Since when is it "standard practice" to expect technical writers to work
> > as indicated in this article?
> When they are full-time employees of the company, it appears.
> Milan Davidovic
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