Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers

Subject: Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers
From: voxwoman <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Donald H White <dwhite -at- jrtcllc -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 11:07:02 -0500

I shall reiterate this yet again... I will be happy to be "exempt" from
hourly wages as soon as my doctor and my lawyer do the same. I believe both
those highly valued/highly touted professions are treated as hourly
employees. At least they bill that way.

People should be compensated for the time that they work. If management
plans poorly enough to require additional hours from their employees to meet
their deadlines, they should be willing to pay for that time, either through
paying overtime*, or hiring additional personnel. Non-exempt salaries are
calculated based on a 40-hour work week, as far as I know, and when one has
to consistently put in uncompensated additional time, they are, in fact,
earning less money. Being on salary does not automatically turn you into an
indentured servant.

I understand the reluctance of some to be considered hourly employees, as
there are other perqs and benefits frequently offered to exempt employees
and not to hourly workers. As a freelancer/contractor, I frequently bid on
the "entire job" but I sure as heck calculate the number of hours I expect
to put in before I come up with a bid, and I make every effort to complete
the work within those hours.

*overtime can be additional money paid for the hours worked, or
"compensatory time" (i.e. equivalent time off once the deadline has been


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