|Dec. 1, 2009 | www.fisherphillips.com|
Depending on who you ask, PDAs are either the greatest workplace innovation since desktop computers, or the bane of an employee's existence. In today's wireless environment, BlackBerrys, iPhones, and other handheld devices increasingly provide employees with round-the-clock access to email from remote locations. While wireless gadgets allow us to maximize productivity in competitive economic times, they may also give rise to overtime, minimum wage and other wage payment claims. Managing tech-savvy employees has become the latest compliance challenge under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
While our crystal ball is no better than anyone else's, change in our country's labor laws appears to be drawing ever closer. While EFCA as it was originally proposed with its elimination of secret-ballot elections is undergoing change, a lot of other tweaking has been going on lately in the Senate reflecting unions' desire to find some form of legislation which will pass and which will give them the stimulus they need to revitalize their efforts to halt the continuing loss of union jobs and members.
Instead of listing some of the highlights of 2009 (we'll be doing that in our January, 2010 issue), we thought we'd list here for your amusement some of the more far out facts in a few cases we handled this year. These aren't necessarily the cases that made new law or placed our clients the most at risk.