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As 9-to-5 dies, implications for overtime grow

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A typical workday historically involved eight consecutive hours of effort for full-time workers, but today, most don’t stop working when the clock strikes 5 p.m. The findings of a new Harris Poll survey commissioned by CareerBuilder have important implications for exempt overtime pay under new rules set to take effect Dec. 1.

Forty-five percent of workers say they complete work outside of office hours, and 49% say they check or answer emails when they leave work. That’s all work that would be compensable under the new rules for white-collar workers who earn $47,467 or less per year.

More than any other age group, a higher proportion of workers aged 45 to 54 (65%) and 55 and older (61%) agreed that the typical eight-hour workday was a thing of the past. By contrast, only 42% of workers aged 18 to 24 say the traditional 9-to-5 workday is outdated.

Workers 55 and older are less likely to work after hours than their younger co-workers. Only 40% keep working and 46% check email after quitting time. Compare that to workers aged 18 to 24: 48% work late, and 59% say they check email after they leave work.

Forty-nine percent of men say that they work outside of office hours, versus only 42% of women. Men are also more likely to remain tied to the office when they leave—54% say they answer emails outside of office hours, compared to 43% of women.

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