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Court Parses The Workday, And The Employer May Have To Pay

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Workdays can be split roughly into three parts: pre-work activities (if any), the actual workday, and post-work activities (if any). Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), you have to pay employees for their pre-work and post-work activities if those tasks are integral and indispensable to their principal activities. A federal appeals court has ruled that employees' post-work activities, which consisted of uploading data to the company's server, may be compensable working time. [Rutti v. Lojack Corp., Inc., No. 07-56599, 9th Cir. (2009).]


Technology complicates the workday. Technicians were required to log on to hand-held computers to receive daily job instructions before their workdays began. They also planned their driving routes and prioritized jobs before leaving home. During the workday, they input data into their hand-held computers, and after work, at home, they were required to upload that data to ...(register to read more)

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