Say goodbye to overtime in IT if this bill goes through

By , ITworld |  IT Management, Computer Professional Update Act, IT jobs

The Federal Labor Standards Act guarantees overtime pay except for some IT professions. A new bill in the Senate will eliminate overtime for almost all IT workers.

Called the Computer Professional Update Act, the bill expands the "no overtime" label from the current "computer systems analyst, computer programmer, software engineer, or similarly skilled worker" in the areas of "systems analysis techniques and procedures," and "design, documentation, testing, creation, or modification of computer programs." Essentially, programmers today don't get overtime. If this bill passes, IT workers in network or database analysis, IT jobs related "but not limited to" computers, information systems, components, networks, software, hardware, databases, security, internet, intranet, or websites at just about any job, including analyst, programmer, engineer, designer, developer, admin or "similarly skilled worker," will no longer get time and a half after 40 hours per week.

It seems many in IT are already paid as salaried, not hourly, workers, so this may not bother you personally. And most bills never get voted on or passes, so it may not matter anyway. But people are wondering why, with all the economic problems to address, this issue has come up? And what lobbyists are pushing on Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina to sponsor this bill. Could it be the high tech companies in the Research Triangle between Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill? Guess we could fill out Senator Hagan's contact form and ask why this bill was introduced.

Why do this?

Why has this Bill even been proposed? I can’t see the reason, except for monetary reasons by Big Business.
John McGrath on standalone-sysadmin.com

The election is coming, they have to court their ''contributors''. Bribery might be more extreme on the GOP side but it doesnt mean that a good D cant get on the action.
Dick Cheney on arstechnica.com

There are many positions paid hourly for the government (State and Federal) that are over this amount—looks like this may actually be the driving foruce behind all of this—out-sourced Government IT Staff.
Lee Dwayne Sudduth on standalone-sysadmin.com

I'm a unionized IT worker (exempt from overtime pay already). My question is, "Why does this need to be handled at the federal level?" Doesn't the US government have more pressing issues?
jwmiller@... on techrepublic.com

Take this job and shove it

What in the hell? No OT pay? OK, my workweek stops at 40 hours. What? You want this done? OK, pay up.
MrBigglesworth on arstechnica.com

I can tell you as a Canadian that I wouldnt like to get paid like an American IT pro. Im sure that my EU peers would agree.
Dick Cheney on arstechnica.com

Greed is good

Employers like FLSA Exempt since that means they don’t have to furnish extra money for time worked, though many do just that either directly (at an effective hourly rate) or indirectly (via comp-time). OT is still possible to be earned by Exempt positions, it’s just not a right you can go to the courts to demand.
sysadmin1138 on standalone-sysadmin.com

If only we destroy the last few good-paying jobs, then prosperity will return.
daggar on arstechnica.com

Already a common thing in Australia - and not just in IT.
PGS-AU on techrepublic.com

Thanks to the Standalone Sysadmin for putting this out there.

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