Man on the Edge: Overtime Pay for Smartphone Use?
A police officer in Chicago just received the go-ahead for a class-action lawsuit against his own city. The issue? He says he's been using his department-issued Blackberry to answer work-related emails and phone calls on his own time. Now, he wants to be paid overtime for those calls and emails: each and every one.
Part of the issue is that labor laws haven't quite kept up with technology. Technology that makes it possible, even expected, to be in communication with everyone 24-7. Once upon a time, many of us used to go home and leave our work at the office, but these days, that's often just not possible. So if you must be in constant communication with your work, should you be paid overtime for communicating via your smartphone?
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