Should workers be paid for checking e-mail after work?

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by CNN

kvue.com

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 12:15 PM

CHICAGO, Illinois -- Time spent off the clock checking work-related e-mails and taking work-related phone calls should be subject to overtime pay, according to a new lawsuit.

The federal lawsuit by some Chicago police officers claims the city owes them millions in back pay for work they've conducted after hours on their smart phones.

The department got officers Blackberry phones so they could scan e-mails and answer calls from bosses long after they've punched out.

The suit claims police pressured subordinates to answer work-related calls and e-mails, but told them not to file for overtime.

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