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ABC and Writers Feud Over Whether After-Hours Email Checking is Overtime

Is Checking Your Work Email After-Hours Overtime?


The New York Times reports that ABC and its writers have had disputes over whether employees checking their company-issued BlackBerrys after work hours is considered overtime.

Although I'd laugh off checking one or two emails and simply reading them as obviously not being overtime, it's clear that we have a modern-technology-induced gray area here. Reading a couple of emails while outside work (and occasionally replying) is a way to check in, and as long as that's optional on the employee's part, then I don't consider that working (and hence, not overtime).

But, some people will get caught up or will be expected to answer the emails and work as a result of that and that's when you get into the aforementioned gray area.

What do you think?

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