WORKING FROM HOME

Does your company believe that scanning emails and answering calls from your boss on your smartphone after hours is work that should be compensated? A lawsuit winding its way through federal court in Chicago says that it does.

Chicago police Sgt. Jeffrey Allen claims in the suit that the city owes him and fellow officers overtime pay for work performed on department-requisitioned BlackBerry phones. If the plaintiffs eventually prevail, it could mean millions of dollars in back pay. The issue impacts workers everywhere.