Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers

Subject: Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers
From: Suzette Leeming <suzette -dot- leeming -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: beelia -at- pacbell -dot- net
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 16:07:47 -0500

I have mixed feelings, and I'm not sure what the effect is (if any) for
techwriters in Canada.

On the one hand, I prefer to be deemed a professional and paid salary for a
set number of hours. If a few extra hours are needed occasionally to satisfy
a deadline, that's part of the job.

On the other hand, I am seeing more and more companies take advantage of
their staff (not just techwriters) and expecting them to work ridiculous
hours, without extra pay. Sometimes this is because of reduced staffing
trying to maintain the same amount of output, but sometimes it's because a
company is reluctant to increase their staffing levels even though the
workload has increased. And, why should they, if they can get an existing
staff member, as a salaried employee, to work 50%+ more hours for no
additional pay.

Maybe I'm just cynical. Traditionally, I have seen companies pay overtime to
salaried employees whenever they work in excess of 40 hours/week, but I am
seeing less and less of that as companies attempt to overwork the staff they
have.

Suzette Leeming
Stouffville, Ontario
*Who has never asked for overtime pay, but also rarely works over 40 hours a
week.*

On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 2:24 PM, beelia <beelia -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> You all may remember that a tech writer sued Sun Micro, contending that she
> had not been paid for all hours worked.
>
> Now it appears this has gone to class action:
>
> http://schubertlawfirm.com/practice-areas/technical-writers.html
>
> There has been some discussion on this topic before, but now that writers
> are being solicited to join the class action suit, I think it would be a
> good idea to re-open the question.
>
> I personally do not want to be an hourly employee, and I think this is step
> backwards for our profession.
>
> What do you all think?
>
> Bee
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