The proposed overtime changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act will qualify about 5 million employees under the title of managers or with administrators' duties who are on salary to be compensated for their overtime. Companies are beginning to make changes to their policies in advance of the anticipated rule change. For example, overtime consists of any work done after the standard forty hours a week, including time spent reading and responding to emails or answering phone calls after hours. As a result, some companies plan to turn off email servers or impose strict policies forbidding after hours work.
Simply put, these activities are considered work. If you are currently performing work after hours, either by taking calls or checking your email, you should contact an attorney to verify if you are eligible for overtime compensation.