Federal Lawsuit Raises Question of Whether Reading, Responding to Email Constitutes Work

A federal lawsuit claiming that Chicago police offers are entitled to overtime pay for scanning emails on department issued smartphones remains on track. The suit claims that police department management asked officers to scan and respond to emails on their BlackBerrys but not to file for overtime when doing so. The judge assigned to the case says that it raises the issue of whether scanning and responding to emails constitutes work.  

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