Taking work home and working off the clock is causing employees to feel they're being taken advantage of by their employers. And letting the situation fester is contributing in a big way to the rise in lawsuits over compensation.
That's the message from a study of 1,000 nonexempt workers by the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), a network of employment law attorneys based in San Francisco. The study says cell phones, e-mail, pagers and laptops have created a 24-hour workplace. But legal problems can crop up when that 24-hour employee isn't a member of. Among the findings:
- 31 percent said they work "e-overtime," spending at least three hours a week away from work responding to work-related com-munications. Fifty-five percent say they're not paid for that work.
- 21 percent said their employer is "taking advantage" of them through current policies on work outside the office. Those who put in 10 or more extra hours a week feel the most exploited.