North Carolina Judge Expands definition of "Computer Professional" to Include Admins

North Carolina Judge Upholds Employer Classification of Employee as Exempt Computer Professional

This is a big loss for net admins. The exemption was intended for programmers (and even that might be considered a loss).

"The computer professional exemption applies to any employee who is a computer systems analyst, computer programmer, software engineer, or other similarly skilled worker whose primary duty involves systems analysis or computer programming."

The exemption was created because a lot of companies were paying high salaries and working their staff long hours -- and at the time the exemptions covered mainly management. Programmers got reclassified as a kind of quasi-management because of the creativity involved in programming. (Now, that's debatable - but at the time, coding probably required more development of algorithms.)

This court decision expands the definition of "computer professional" to LAN admins. So now, a LAN admin who makes a middle class income can be told to work longer than 40 hours a week, and not be paid overtime for it.