January 3, 2012
To: SPEEA Council Members
From: SPEEA Legislative and Public Affairs Committee
The Computer Professionals Update Act (CPU Act), S 1747, was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) in October. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) currently exempts a specific field of computer and IT workers who earn $27.63 or more an hour from receiving guaranteed overtime compensation when working over 40 hours a week. The CPU Act would broaden that provision to exempt almost all computer and IT related workers who earn $27.63 or more an hour or are paid on a salary basis.
Those targeted by the CPU Act are loosely defined as “any employee working in a computer or information technology occupation (including, but not limited to, work related to computers, information systems, components, networks, software, hardware, databases, security, internet, intranet, or websites) as an analyst, programmer, engineer, designer, developer, administrator, or other similarly skilled worker” that focuses on computer and IT functions that range from systems and applications to database analysis.
The tech industry supports this measure and argues it will allow them to hire more domestic workers. The Department of Professional Employees, AFL-CIO opposes this measure as it will cut the pay of U.S. workers during difficult economic times.
Impact to SPEEA
SPEEA represents nearly 10,000 technical aerospace workers currently protected by the FLSA overtime provisions. If enacted, their non-exempt status could be vulnerable.
SPEEA L&PA Committee Recommendation
The SPEEA Legislative and Public Affairs Committee recommends’ passage of this motion.