A bill introduced in Congress that would eliminate overtime for more IT workers isn’t generating much love in the tech world.
The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., seeks to expand the class of workers exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act, the law that requires workers be paid time and a half if they work more than 40 hours a week.
“any employee who is a computer systems analyst, computer programmer, software engineer, or other similarly skilled worker,” whose primary duties fall under categories including “systems analysis techniques and procedures,” and “design, documentation, testing, creation, or modification of computer programs.”
The new language, according to Federal Computer Week, would expand the wording to include duties related to:
“computers, information systems, components, networks, software, hardware, databases, security, Internet, intranet or websites,” whether it is analysts, programmers, engineers, designers or developers.
The exemption covers salaried workers—no surprise—but also those who make at least $27.63 an hour. Matt Simmons, a private industry IT system administrator who blogs at Standalone Sysadmin, did his own survey to find out whether there really are that many hourly IT workers. He was surprised to find that 26 percent of U.S. respondents to his survey were hourly, Government Technology reports, though it doesn’t say how many people took part.
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The Computer Professionals Update Act, or CPU Act, as it’s called, was sent to the House Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. As govtrack.us notes, most bills never make it out of committee.