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But, what if a server goes down after hours?

Sometimes you just have to marvel at the things that politicians and their lobby groups come up with. But if you’re a US-based IT worker on an hourly wage, and overtime makes up a part of your pay packet, then you might want to do a bit more than just ‘marvel’.

Because a new bill, sponsored by Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), called the “Computer Professionals Update Act”, seeks to remove the right to paid overtime for many types of I.T. workers. As things stand currently, the Fair Labor Standards Act for IT Employees stipulates that employees must be paid time-and-a-half for any hours worked over the normal 40 hour work week. But that Act excludes certain job classes such as executive, administrative or professional employees – meaning that workers falling into those categories are not afforded the same right to time-and-a-half overtime pay.

Sen. Kay Hagan wants to increase that pool of employees to include “…any employee working in a computer or information technology occupation as an analyst, programmer, engineer, designer, developer, administrator, or other similarly skilled worker…”

The good news? Well, you’ll need to be earning more than $27.63 an hour to be affected by this bill’s proposals. The bad news? That hourly rate can always be revised down at the whim of politicians.

And if you’re not in the US┬ábut thinking that this will never affect you, keep in mind that many of the top I.T. employers are multinationals and are therefore likely to push their interests where ever they can. If you live in a country that has politicians, no one is safe.

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