Friday, October 09, 2009

More attention given to abuse of "exempt" IT contractors and employees

Toni Bowers has an important article on Tech Republic (on October 7), “Why programmers are not subject to protective labor laws,” website URL link here.

She, along with Justin James, argues that programmers should be covered. The article gives several reasons for what the authors see as abusive and probably illegal labor practices by contracting companies, including H1-B visa mills or “puppy mills”, along with psychological pressure related to competitive pressures from overseas markets. In the past, there was a cultural issue because programmers were seen as introverts who did not belong to the “real world” and should “pay their dues.”

Hopefully the political climate under the current administration will improve and programmers will be better off.

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