Revisit Wage and Hour Policies During the Pandemic

By on July 16, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has shifted some employees to remote work permanently while others are telecommuting more frequently. Employers’ wage and hour policies and enforcement should account for the rise in telework.

“Ensure that employees understand that time spent checking e-mails is compensable,” said Ellen Bronchetti, a partner at McDermott Will & Emery in San Francisco, in a recent article by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). “Employers should conduct periodic audits to ensure employees are not checking e-mails off the clock.”

Consider requesting supervisors regularly certify that they did not call, text or e-mail a nonexempt employee outside workhours, Bronchetti said.

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Ellen M. BronchettiEllen M. Bronchetti
Ellen Bronchetti represents employers in employment and traditional labor disputes. Her litigation experience includes representing employers in state and federal cases involving issues in wage and hour, trade secret misappropriation, whistleblower, wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, statutory leave, retaliation and breach of contract claims, including complex class actions and representative action litigation across the United States. Read Ellen Bronchetti's full bio. 

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