The explosion of smartphones and ease of remote connectivity has fundamentally changed the landscape of the workplace, but is it all positive for employers? Not so fast—despite productivity enhancements, beware of the increased potential wage and hour risks. Modern technology has created a virtual 24/7 connectivity for employees that arguably is out of control. There is no question that the nine-to-five work day as we know it has been jeopardized, spawning the collateral risk of significant overtime pay liability for employers. So, the next time you grab your iPhone on the weekend to email (or text) your non-exempt colleague about some work “stuff,” you might just think twice.
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