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No overtime due employees who emailed after hours

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These days, workdays rarely end when employees go home. If employees are nonexempt, their work-related emailing, texting or other use of electronic devices can throw a monkey wrench into your time-keeping procedures. Worse: It can leave you liable for a surprise overtime bill. Not so fast: A recent court decision points out that this isn’t always the case. (Allen v. City of Chicago, No. 16-1029, 7th Cir., 2017)

Cops slip up on slips. The Chicago Police Department issued officers BlackBerry mobile devices, which they sometimes used in their off-duty work. The department’s overtime procedure required officers to complete time-due slips and submit them to their supervisors, who routinely signed off on them. Officers typically weren’t asked about their overtime work and they didn’t detail it on those slips.

Officers didn’t detail their after-hours BlackBerry use and they sued for unpaid overtime. Officers: By exercis...(register to read more)

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