This bill wrongly targets a single subset of workers who are often required to work overtime/irregular hours as part of their job duties. It goes against the name of the "Fair Labor Standards Act" to specifically permit worker-unfriendly behavior towards IT workers.
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Thank you for contacting me regarding the Computer Professionals Update (CPU) Act, S.1747. I appreciate hearing from you.
Let me first say that I strongly support the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) and the protections it guarantees workers. In my short time in the United States Senate, I have been a strong supporter of workers? rights. One of my first votes in the Senate was for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which provides support for workers against discrimination based on gender. I have voted against several proposals, including amendments to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that would have seriously undermined the hard-earned rights of working people.
As you may know, the FLSA is the law that establishes a national floor for state minimum wages, guarantees overtime pay for many workers, and restricts child labor. In the case of overtime pay, there are a number of exemptions for when employers are not required to pay overtime to certain employees. When the FLSA was last amended to include exemptions from overtime pay for computer related jobs, computer systems were only a small part of the workplace and businesses. Since that time computer systems have become a vital part of business and the workplace. And entirely new computer and internet-focused industries have flourished; full of high-tech professionals whose job responsibilities very much resemble those of already exempted other professionals.
In today?s workplace, the FLSA must continue to be updated to maintain its effectiveness as a tool for worker protection in the changing economy. That is why I am a cosponsor of the CPU Act. Introduced by Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina, the CPU Act would modify the exemption for computer systems analysts, computer programmers, software engineers, or other similarly skilled high-technology workers under the FLSA. The bill was introduced and referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on October 20, 2011. As a member of this Committee, I will continue to work diligently on this legislation as it moves through the Committee process.
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