Network operations engineers, information technology (“IT”) specialists, systems administrator/engineers, database administrators, network administrators, network analysts, desk support, regardless of titles given by employers, these employees are known to share two things in common: long working hours and high-risk overtime liability for employers.
Classifying computer professionals for purposes of overtime exemption can be a daunting task even for the most experience employment law attorneys. This task requires a thorough understanding of a complex interplay of Federal and California law, comprehensive knowledge
There is a great deal of confusion and uncertainty in the high-tech industry when it comes to dealing with the California computer professional exemption under California Labor Code section 515.5. This uncertainty is largely due to novelty and complexity of the law and lack of California judicial guidelines on how to apply the exemption.