California: Legislative Swiftware on Software Engineers: AB 10 Revises the Overtime Pay Exemption for Some California Computer Software Engineers


In a last-minute legislative move, California relaxes the overtime exemption for computer professionals.

California, which nurtured Silicon Valley into a global phenomenon, has finally acted to stem the off-shoring of

computer jobs by simplifying and reducing the compensation requirement for overtime-exempt computer professionals. The new legislation, contained in Assembly Bill (AB) 10, which took effect on September 30, 2008, as urgency legislation, may also stem the outpouring of computer jobs from California to other states by substantially harmonizing the duties requirements of the overtime exemption with those under federal law and under the laws of most other states.

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