Are You Paid For After-Hours Work? : Blog Of The Nation Attention all Crackberry users: Two lawsuits demand that hourly workers be paid for phone calls and emails after-hours.
NPR logo Are You Paid For After-Hours Work?

Are You Paid For After-Hours Work?

You'll want to pay attention to these lawsuits if you're paid by the hour and use a Blackberry or iPhone, or ever do work after-hours. As the Wall Street Journal reports:

Last month, three current and former employees sued T-Mobile USA Inc., claiming they were required to use company-issued smart phones to respond to work messages after hours without pay.

In a March suit, a former CB Richard Ellis Group Inc. maintenance worker seeks pay for time spent after hours receiving and responding to messages on a work-issued cellphone.

Are phone calls work? Should you be paid for every email you read on your Blackberry? How does your company handle this?