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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RE: Not entirely accurate
by Alfman on Sat 3rd Dec 2011 01:40 UTC in reply to "Not entirely accurate"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

David,
"This isn't a 'ban' on overtime. It's allowing companies to make positions in these areas salaried without running afoul of the law."

Yes, understood.

"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."

This simply isn't true. If it is, I want to know where you work!


"Executives and engineers generally work under these terms, and this legislation simply allows companies to create salaried positions for other kinds of IT workers."

Again, I'd love to know where engineers are treated like executives! This has never been my experience ;)


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


Not really, technically it's probably correcting a misclassification of IT workers who were always intended to be captured under the original exemption. But the big question is, why should salaried IT workers be explicitly treated differently with regards to overtime benefits in the eyes of the law?

It seems incredibly odd for worker protection laws to single out a single profession like this.

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