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UPDATE on November 22, 2016: A federal judge has granted an emergency injunction against the rule addressed in this interview.
Effective December 1, some 4 million salaried U.S. workers will be subject to time-tracking and overtime pay who were exempt from those rules before. It’s likely that reading company news or other internal communication on a smartphone will be considered “work” under these rules — that is, if employees in this group aren’t paid for the time they spend consuming internal comms content aren’t compensated for it, your company could be subject to legal action by an employee or the Department of Labor.
In this FIR Interview, Shel Holtz talks with Simon Worsfold of TSheets about the new rules, who those 4 million employees are, how companies need to prepare, and what you need to consider when communicating the issue. Additional information is available from this document on the TSheets website: How to Address Your Employees’ Top Fears About the New FLSA Rules.
FIR Interviews are sponsored by ThornleyFallis Communications / 76 Design.
About our conversation partner
Simon Worsfold is a copywriter and business analyst at TSheets, a time tracking software company based in Boise, Idaho. Originally from the UK, he emigrated to the U.S. in 2015 after a five-year stint in sports marketing and communication, raising money for British Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls. Before that he was a travel writer, writing a travel tips book and regular features about destinations in Britain, Australia, Africa, and South East Asia. Outside of the office, you’ll find him running trails in the foothills above Boise.
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