Re: "Are technical writers the unsung heroes of document generation?"

Subject: Re: "Are technical writers the unsung heroes of document generation?"
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>, TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 12:55:08 -0700

No, it doesn't. Because (b) is an exclusion to section 515.5, which ONLY applies to "computer software employees." If you are not a "computer software employee," then your status is determined by section 515. (no .5), which is everyone ELSE, and does NOT have the (b) exclusion. The mere fact that the products you work on happen to have a computer and some software as minor components is not enough.

Since (b) was enacted in 2008, I have been a telecom HW writer, an aircraft electrical systems writer and a traffic control systems writer, and was W2 exempt in all of these. I've only done one non-exempt gig in all that time, and it was through a temp agency. Not doing one of those again. Ever.

Gene Kim-Eng



On 6/21/2015 12:19 PM, Robert Lauriston wrote:


California Labor Code Â515.5(b)(5)'s exclusion applies to writers who
are "engaged in writing product descriptions, documentation,
promotional material, setup and installation instructions, and other
similar written information." That clearly applies equally to hardware
and software tech writers. It would also seem to cover marketing
writers as well, though so far as I know that has not been tested in
court.

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