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Police Officers’ Off-the-Clock BlackBerry Use Suit Carries Lessons for All Employers

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Last week, a federal judge in the Northern District of Illinois ruled against a group of Chicago police officers who claimed that the department had unwritten rules that discouraged them from turning in overtime for off-duty work performed on their BlackBerrys. ...

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FLSA FAQ: Properly Compensating Employees for On Call Time

Recently, we discussed the issue of a call center employer who took deductions for employees’ “idle time” while on duty, both at breaks and while waiting for their next work assignment.  As a follow up to that post, I wanted ...

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Waiting to Exhale: When to Pay Employees for “Idle Time”

Recently, we discussed the issue of a call center employer who took deductions for employees’ “idle time” while on duty, both at breaks and while waiting for their next work assignment.  As a follow up to that post, I wanted ...

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FLSA FAQ: Paying Non-Exempt Employees for Attending Lectures, Training, and Meetings

Before Thanksgiving, we discussed when for profit, non-profit, and public sector employers may accept volunteer service from employees. One of our readers, an HR director at a telecom company, pointed out that there is one other kind of “volunteer” service ...

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Volunteers and the FLSA: When Public Sector Employers Must Pay for Volunteer Work

Last week, we discussed the rules governing when for-profit, private sector and non-profit employers could accept “volunteer” services.  Private sector employers have very little flexibility, while non-profit employers have a little bit more.  The third group of employers, public sector employers, have the ...

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Volunteers and the FLSA: When Non-Profit Employers Must Pay for Volunteer Work

In yesterday’s post, we discussed the rules governing when for-profit, private sector employers can accept “volunteer” services.  In short, the answer is not very often. However, public sector and nonprofit employers have more flexibility when under the Fair Labor Standards ...

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Volunteers and the FLSA: When Employers Must Pay for Volunteer Work

Earlier this week, a reader commented on our Integrity Staffing discussion with this question: If an employee-who normally processes insurance claims-volunteered to decorate a bulletin board for a special event and arrived to the employer’s premises an hour before the start ...

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Playing with FLSA Fire: Lawsuit over Call Center’s Aggressive “Idle Time” Deductions Proceeds

Recently, the federal district court in Minnesota allowed a collective action filed by call center employees to proceed in an example of how employers can end up playing with fire through over-aggressive time deductions, particularly when employees are idle and “engaged ...

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Pre-Shift Safety Meetings Not Compensable Under FLSA After Integrity Staffing, Says Court

We seem to have talked quite a bit lately about the Supreme Court’s interpretation of “integral and indispensable” activities under the Portal-to-Portal Act in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk, but with good reason.  The decision is having a broad impact on ...

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FLSA FAQ: Commuting in an Employer-Provided Vehicle

In the second installment of this “employee travel” series yesterday, I outlined the somewhat nebulous standard of a “normal” commute under the Employee Commuting Flexibility Act (ECFA) amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act (EFCA). In particular, Congress passed ECFA in large ...

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