Chicago police officers sued in Federal Court requesting unpaid overtime for off-duty work done on their BlackBerry phones. In a recent Opinion, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that while the BlackBerry work would have been compensable overtime, the Cops' claims failed because the City of Chicago had no knowledge of the unreported hours.
Another federal appeals court has held that employees who have faced illegal retaliation at work are eligible to recover damages for emotional distress under the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA). The FLSA governs wage and hour laws, such as overtime and minimum wage, for businesses across the United States. This holding could have significant implications for employers throughout the country.
The Virginia Office of Attorney General released a new resource to assist our nations' servicemembers and military families. The Resources can be accessed here, and includes sections covering servicemembers and veterans rights with regard to employment, education, taxes, consumer issues, and family law.