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

Subject: Re: "Are technical writers the unsung heroes of document generation?"
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 13:36:38 -0700

Oh, right you are, I forgot that. The wheels within wheels of legal writing.

So looking at the legislative history of AB 10 2008, which created
Â515.5, computer software companies got the legislature to rewrite the
code law so they wouldn't have to pay as many coders overtime, and the
NWU got the legislature to cut tech writers out of that deal.

All my work in the past five years has been non-exempt, but it's a
moot point since I never work overtime.

On Sun, Jun 21, 2015 at 12:55 PM, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:
> 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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"Are technical writers the unsung heroes of document generation?": From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: "Are technical writers the unsung heroes of document generation?": From: Robert Lauriston
RE: "Are technical writers the unsung heroes of document generation?": From: Janoff, Steven
Re: "Are technical writers the unsung heroes of document generation?": From: Robert Lauriston
RE: "Are technical writers the unsung heroes of document generation?": From: Janoff, Steven
Re: "Are technical writers the unsung heroes of document generation?": From: Robert Lauriston
RE: "Are technical writers the unsung heroes of document generation?": From: Janoff, Steven
Re: "Are technical writers the unsung heroes of document generation?": From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: "Are technical writers the unsung heroes of document generation?": From: Robert Lauriston
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