Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers

Subject: Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "Stuart Burnfield" <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>, "Techwr-l" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 21:35:43 -0800

I've relied on every boss I've ever had to be trustworthy,
and flexible and to do the right thing. The few that didn't
live up to that did not remain my boss for very long. If
abuse of casual OT was rampant, I might feel differently
about the idea of trading in the plusses of being a
professional for the assurance of mandatory OT pay,
but that has not been my experience as an employee.

OTOH, ss a contractor (or as a manager engaging
contractors), I also prefer hourly billing; it's just easier
for all involved than trying to guesstimate fixed prices
for accomplishing what always seems to turn out to be
the unforseeable.

Gene Kim-Eng

----- Original Message -----
From: "Stuart Burnfield" <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>
To: "Techwr-l" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 8:02 PM
Subject: Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers

> It's been a long time since I was a salaried employee, but I would be very
> uncomfortable to work regular unpaid overtime--in other words, unfixed hours
> for a fixed salary. In effect you're saying to the boss, "You can have 40
> hours that you have to pay for, then zero or more hours for free." It can work
> if you have a trustworthy, flexible employer, but I wouldn't want to rely on
> every boss to do the right thing.
> I like working as a contractor on a hourly rate. I know how much I'm getting
> paid for each hour I work and I make sure I work for each hour I get paid.
> Both parties know what they're getting and can do their sums in advance.


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