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: "Janoff, Steven" <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- hologic -dot- com>, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>, TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:07:10 -0700

My work has never been in "software technical writing," so I and any writers reporting to me have always been exempts except during a couple of agency gigs I've done. And even if I didn't have to pay for it, my thinking has always been that if writers are working 60 hours a week on a regular basis, either I need more writers or there's something wrong with the way the writers are working.

But talking to other writers who do fall into that category, what I observe is that since the dotcom bubble burst back in 2001, undisciplined companies whose employees work crazy long hours have largely been supplanted by more conventionally run ones that avoid having their people work OT except during occasional crunches, and they pay the OT.

There's also a lot of collusion going on between employers and technical writers who still want to be exempt professionals and not hourly workers to cloak their positions in titles like "information architect" or "documentation manager" so they can argue that they aren't really "software technical writers." Keep in mind that most technical writers don't really want to be non-exempts in the first place.

Gene Kim-Eng



On 6/23/2015 10:05 AM, Janoff, Steven 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.

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"Are technical writers the unsung heroes of document generation?": From: Cardimon, Craig
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