Chicago Police Officers’ Overtime Lawsuit Has Wide Repercussions
A long-awaited verdict is expected soon in a dispute between the city of Chicago and police officers over compensation for time they spent calling in on their phones after work hours. Labor and Employment attorney Phillip Schreiber says that more lawsuits should be expected if the Department of Labor's proposed overtime rule is finalized in its current form.
Mr. Schreiber explains that employers need to make it clear to nonexempt employees that they are not to call in or answer e-mails after work hours.
"The biggest issue—what's at the heart of this case—is the concept of unofficial expectations overriding what’s on paper," Mr. Schreiber said. "Employees perceived the real rule was X when the official rule was Y."