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[2]: Not entirely accurate
by rdean400 on Sat 3rd Dec 2011 15:51 UTC in reply to "RE: Not entirely accurate"
rdean400
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2006-10-18

If you read the Fair Labor Standards Act section that this ever-so-cutely named "CPU Act" would modify, you would see that the IT workers are just one part of a section that enumerates many professions where the government allows businesses to create FLSA exempt positions.

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RE[3]: Not entirely accurate
by Alfman on Sun 4th Dec 2011 09:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Not entirely accurate"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

rdean400,

"If you read the Fair Labor Standards Act section that this ever-so-cutely named 'CPU Act' would modify, you would see that the IT workers are just one part of a section that enumerates many professions where the government allows businesses to create FLSA exempt positions."

I should have phrased it better. I just don't understand what the law is trying to solve by saying some occupations are entitled to fair labor standards and not others. Unless there's an external agenda, it just seems absurd. Presumably the FLSA was enacted to curb employer abuses such as non-compensated time, but this is exactly what's now happening with IT and other workers because we're exempt. I suspect this may have been a goal of the exceptions rather than a side effect. Some of us aren't even that well paid.

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