I think EA and Brendan McNamara are squealing with joy about now... same with about any company trying to do more with their oft-abused IT folk.
I know my previous job really hit on excessive overtime with little to no return compensation. They graciously made me aware of my willingness be a better team player with a pink slip. Cest la vie. My new job so far hasn't cracked down on any overtime in the year I've been here. That may change but so far everyone is substantially more chill.
Dubbed the Computer Professionals Update Act (CPU Act), Senate bill 1747 would change the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to remove overtime protection and compensation from “almost everyone working primarily in information technology” who earns either a salary, or an hourly rate of $27.63
Who's great idea was this?
The full text (changes in bold)
‘(17) any employee working in a computer or information technology occupation (including, but not limited to, work related to computers, information systems, components, networks, software, hardware, databases, security, internet, intranet, or websites) as an analyst, programmer, engineer, designer, developer, administrator, or other similarly skilled worker, whose primary duty is--
‘( A ) the application of systems, network or database analysis techniques and procedures, including consulting with users, to determine or modify hardware, software, network, database, or system functional specifications;
‘( B ) the design, development, documentation, analysis, creation, testing, securing, configuration, integration, debugging, modification of computer or information technology, or enabling continuity of systems and applications;
‘( C ) directing the work of individuals performing duties described in subparagraph ( A ) or ( B ), including training such individuals or leading teams performing such duties; or
‘( D ) a combination of duties described in subparagraphs ( A ), ( B ), and ( C ), the performance of which requires the same level of skill;
who is compensated at an hourly rate of not less than $27.63 an hour or who is paid on a salary basis at a salary level as set forth by the Department of Labor in part 541 of title 29, Code of Federal Regulations. An employee described in this paragraph shall be considered an employee in a professional capacity pursuant to paragraph (1).’.
For those who are curious about what the text of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 213(a)(17):