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: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:21:28 -0700

Lots of tech companies are scofflaws about work rules, proper
classification of employees vs. independent contractors, and so on.

Two tech writers I know who work for a subsidiary of a giant
multinational conglomerate started getting overtime after the
Hoenemier v. Sun Microsystems settlement in 2010. Given that Oracle
had by then acquired Sun and had to pay the settlement, I would bet
that their policies are in line with the law.

http://www.rezlaw.com/Class-Actions/Sun-Microsystems.shtml

I would bet that the HR-outsourcing companies all follow the law as
well. TriNet alludes to the regulation in their exempt / non-exempt
FAQ:

http://www.trinet.com/resources/industry_articles/exempt_vs_nonexempt.htm


On Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 10:05 AM, Janoff, Steven
<Steven -dot- Janoff -at- hologic -dot- com> wrote:
> So since 2008, when the law was enacted, companies up and down California have been paying all kinds of overtime pay to their software technical writers.
>
> Has anybody seen this? I haven't seen this.
>
> There's no way all these companies are in violation of the CLC. Something else has got to be afoot.
>
> Steve
>
> On Sunday, June 21, 2015 12:08 PM, Robert Lauriston wrote:
>
> Anyone can do any kind of work. The law regards only when employers must pay overtime.
>
> Overtime regulations apply to all non-exempt employees whether salaried or hourly. California Labor Code Â515.5(b)(5)'s exclusion of most tech writers from being classified as exempt applies either way.
>
>> I assume that this only applies to hourly work? I assume one can be a salaried employee and write software documentation? Or by definition, based on California Labor Code Â515.5(b)(5), if you do the kind of work described there do you have to be hourly/non-exempt?
>
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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
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