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Quality Assurance (QA) Engineers are among the most misclassified types of software engineers. It is important to understand that the job description of "software engineer" has changed drastically. The main reason is due to automation. Twenty years ago software engineers were involved with the design, testing, implementation, and release of programs from the ground up. That is not true today and that is why you rarely see the title 'computer programmer'.


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California QA Engineer Overtime

The QA engineer's job has become more functional. A QA engineer's duties focus on making sure customer and company requirements are systematically and reliably satisfied. However, QA engineers are not typically involved in true design and often they exercise minimal discretion and independent judgment. If the duties performed regularly are routine, repetitive, automated, or are not intellectually varied in nature, then they are probably owed a lot of overtime pay.

Do You Qualify for Overtime?

If you are a QA engineer and you perform many automated and repetitive duties, there is a strong chance that you are owed overtime in California, regardless of your quality assurance engineer pay or title--either salary or hourly wages. However, there is a caveat: If you are paid on an hourly basis, California has a minimum rate that must be paid for every hour you work.

Minimum Wage Rate

As of January 1, 2008 the California Legislature passed a new law that will effectively eliminate overtime for a large portion of California's computer programmers. The law "resets" the minimum hourly rate of pay to $36.00 per hour. In 2001, a base rate of pay of $41.00 per hour was set, provided that it increase by a cost-of-living increase each year. Following these increases, the minimum pay was $49.77 for 2007. However, the new law sets the base rate to $36.00 and the cost-of-living increases will start being based on this number for 2009.

Statute of Limitations

Quality assurance engineers, software engineers, or computer programmers are advised to contact a California labor law attorney immediately because the landscape in the industry is changing rapidly.

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California QA Engineer Overtime—the Pros and Cons of Filing a Claim
California QA Engineer Overtime—the Pros and Cons of Filing a Claim
February 24, 2009
Palo Alto, CA Increasingly, California Quality Assurance (QA) engineers who are salaried and classified as exempt find themselves working around the clock and California QA overtime is just part of the job. QA engineers are typically well-educated and well-paid, yet many of them don't even know they are entitled to overtime compensation. And if they do know, many are afraid of retaliation, particularly in this economic climate [READ MORE]

California QA Engineers Misclassified as Exempt Entitled to Overtime
California QA Engineers Misclassified as Exempt Entitled to Overtime
February 12, 2009
Sacramento, CA For many Quality Assurance (QA) engineers, long hours and low pay are standard. However, they may be entitled to California QA Engineer Overtime, mainly because an employer has misclassified employees as exempt from the wage and hour laws, and has improperly failed to pay overtime. And In some cases, QA engineers have been classified as independent contractors, meaning the company doesn't even have to pay them benefits [READ MORE]


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