Off-Duty Device Use Front-And-Center In Cops' OT Trial

By Ben James (August 14, 2015, 9:30 PM EDT) -- Police officers and the city of Chicago are set to square off in court Monday in a Fair Labor Standards Act overtime collective action alleging the city failed to pay for off-duty time spent on department-issued BlackBerrys, a battle lawyers say could yield guidance on employers' obligations to compensate workers for tasks performed via smartphones during nonwork hours. 

A bench trial is slated to begin Monday in a lawsuit brought in 2010 by Sgt. Jeffrey Allen, who alleges the city gave BlackBerrys to members of the Chicago Police Department's Bureau of Organized Crime, expecting them to be on-call constantly and deal with frequent...

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