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: "Janoff, Steven" <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- hologic -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:51:37 -0700

> Why should a "software technical writer" get paid overtime, if a "hardware technical writer" does not?

The computer software industry lobbied the legislature for a special
exemption so they could make programmers work long hours without
having to pay overtime, and the legislature came up with California
Labor Code section 515.5, which begins:

(a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), an employee in the computer
software field shall be exempt from the requirement that an overtime
rate of compensation be paid pursuant to Section 510 ...

The NWU lobbied against that, and the legislature added section
515.5(b)(5), excluding writers.

If there had been a National Software Developers Union to lobby on
behalf of developers, maybe the bill wouldn't have passed at all.
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