Working off the Clock

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Ask your friends and family, and chances are someone knows someone who routinely works “off the clock” — someone who isn’t getting paid for the time they put in.

Rules governing the labor sector remain a complicated business, but one thing is clear: working off the clock is illegal. Some say that more established companies in the nation don’t engage this kind of practice. But the Federal Government has recently taken action against companies like T Mobile, Wal-Mart and Radio Shack, and it’s clear that the demand for off the clock labor is creeping more and into the ranks of white collar workers.


Eileen Applebaum, professor and director of the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University. Formerly she was research director at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC.

Craig Becker, associate general counsel to the AFL-CIO and has represented many workers in Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuits.

Jeff Berman, partner in the Labor and Employment group of the International law firm of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood in Los Angeles.