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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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Department of Labor Ramps Up Outreach To Retailers’ Employees

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the Department of Labor (DOL) released an ominous blog post for employers, as they tend to do from time to time.  Last time, it was to promote its official timekeeping app, and this time it ...

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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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FLSA FAQ: Employee Travel Time: Commuting

Over the years in different industries, there are times that, like Johnny Cash, I’ve felt like I’ve been everywhere, particularly commuting from one job site or location to another. Yesterday, I outlined the general rules for non-exempt employee travel under the ...

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FLSA FAQ: Employee Travel Time: The General Rules

Throwback Wednesday doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, but I’m going for it anyway.  One of the best country music “work” songs goes back to my high school days and Tracy Lawrence’s 1991 Sticks and Stones album.  “Runnin’ ...

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Ninth Circuit’s FLSA Pre Shift Activity Decision Shows Value of Integrity Staffing Standard

Last month, I mentioned that the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Integrity Staffing v. Busk has its limits.  That does not mean that the case has no utility whatsoever.  The Court’s formulation of work that is “integral and indispensable” is ...

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Rounding Time Entries: The High Stakes FLSA Poker Game

Do you remember this indie, middling box office success starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton about high-stakes poker?  In short, Matt Damon’s character loses all of his money, goes to law school (where, in a plot twist no law student would ...

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