Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 22:43 UTC
Legal "A bill recently introduced in Congress would greatly expand the exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act for IT employees, ending overtime benefits for many more types of workers, including network, database and security specialists." The Democrat senator of North-Carolina has introduced an even worse version of the bill, which specifically exempts database and network specialists and security professionals from overtime benefits. Say, isn't some company building a huge data centre in North-Carolina? I'm sure it's all a coincidence.
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Not entirely accurate
by David on Sat 3rd Dec 2011 01:20 UTC
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This isn't a "ban" on overtime. It's allowing companies to make positions in these areas salaried without running afoul of the law. When you take a salaried position, you understand that you will not track your hours or punch a timeclock, so it's impossible to receive overtime pay. Salaried workers don't have to be in the office between certain hours, can come and go as they please, and are generally responsible only for fulfilling their duties. Executives and engineers generally work under these terms, and this legislation simply allows companies to create salaried positions for other kinds of IT workers.

Seeing this as an assault on overtime pay is a tempest in a teacup.

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