Bloomberg Law
March 23, 2020, 6:57 PM

Mass Telework During Virus Pandemic Sets Stage for Wage Battles

Erin Mulvaney
Erin Mulvaney

Mass telework blurs the lines around when an hourly worker punches in and punches out, potentially sparking wage and hour battles between employees who typically work in the office and their employers.

The novel coronavirus also could trigger legal issues surrounding who’s eligible for overtime pay and requirements to be on call, an issue already vexing some courts. Employee reimbursement laws could activate in certain states, questions about disability accommodations will linger, and privacy issues also confront employers, attorneys warn.

Covid-19 has brought these issues into sharp focus for many employers that aren’t used to managing a remote workforce, as ...

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