Posts made in November, 2017

How to Navigate Tech Overtime Work

I’ve worked in the tech industry for about five years now, and I still have trouble figuring out if I should have been paid overtime or not. For the record, I have not been paid a cent, either at my current job or my last two (which is the sum total of my tech world experience).

That is not to say I haven’t worked some crazy hours, but the laws can be so tricky with tech that it’s hard to know whether your employer is following the letter of the law or hacking the law to get a little more out of you for less.

So, to help my brothers and sisters in the tech world, here are some guidelines I picked up on the Leichter Law Firm PC page to help you find out whether you should be expecting time and a half for all that extra work you’ve put in the last few weeks.

First of all, if you’re on salary, that isn’t immediately disqualifying, but if you’re on a salary of more than $900 (or $913 to be exact) a week, then you won’t be getting overtime, no matter the hours. If you make more than $27.63 an hour, you also are out of luck. I actually make $30 right now, which is nice, except I’m just a tick over that sweet overtime pay.

Those aren’t the only factors, though. You can still get that overtime money if you aren’t involved in one of these key tech areas: systems analysis, designing or testing systems and programs, or some combination of those two. For systems analysis, that includes (and I’m quoting from the law firm’s text here), “consulting with users, or determining hardware, software, or system functional specifications.” For designing and testing, that includes (quoting again), “modifying computer systems or programs, which can include prototypes or user or system design specifications.”

Is that clear?

Basically, for your average tech supporter who is dealing more with mechanical issues and not on the design and analysis end, overtime is still out there waiting for you. But if you’re doing the bulk of your work with systems, well, that’s definitely more fulfilling, but you’re missing out on income.

By the way, manufacturing and repairing computers still get you overtime, so if you’re on that end, be sure to check your pay stubs.

I hope this article has been helpful. It turns out, after this research, that my employers were always on the up and up with me, and I never did deserve overtime (at least according to the US government). I hope the case is the same for you, but if not, be sure to get in touch with someone to demand that extra cash (and back pay). Because, hey, tech is hard, and you’ve earned it.

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Snow and Ice Removal Responsibility – Landlord or Tenant?

With winter just around the corner, it is important to know your responsibilities when it comes to snow and ice removal. Ice can pose a serious threat to those walking around after water has begun to freeze over. Ice can be hard to see and detect and it is more likely that this will cause someone to slip and fall. Ice under a layer of snow can be especially dangerous because it may be impossible to see. If you live in a rental property or you manage a property yourself, you may be wondering who is responsible for ice and snow removal. Well, the answer is not so easy – it depends. Depending upon in which state you live or in which city you live, you may or may have a local ordinance which specifies who is responsible for the sidewalks on your property.

Generally, property owners, property managers, or the leasing company are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of your apartment property and this includes de-icing sidewalks and pavements in the event of snow or ice. However, it might still be a good idea to keep a snow shovel handy- just in case. You may also consider reading through your leasing agreement to determine what your realtor deems the aspects of apartment upkeep they are responsible for. A landlord can specify in the lease who is responsible for snow and ice removal whether it is them or the tenants, but in multi-complex apartments, the landlord is often responsible for taking care of snow and ice removal because it can pose a serious risk for tenants if they slip and fall. For property owners, it is crucial to maintain a safe property to avoid a slip and fall incident and consequently, a lawsuit. We also offer services to remove snow from parking lots so that your tenants can safely access their cars and safely drive out of the parking lot. As a property owner, it is also a good idea to keep your tenants informed via email if there is going to be a snow or ice storm to take extra precaution to avoid accidents.

If you are in need of someone to take care of your snow and ice removal, Naperville snow removal offers services to take care of your winter needs. We believe that it is important for you to take a safe property and we are here to help you maintain safe sidewalks even on the coldest of days. We know how heavy the snow can be in Illinois and we are here to tackle the snow removal for you. We can clear your walkways, de-ice your driveways and sidewalks with non-toxic Safe Paw, and remove any other snow that you request. Contact us today or request a free quote to determine how we can best assist you!

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