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Brazil: Checking work email after hours? It's overtime

Associated Press
Jan 13, 2012 at 11:09am IST

Rio De Janeiro: Brazilian workers who find themselves answering work emails on their smartphones after the end of their shifts can qualify for overtime under a new law.

The new legislation was approved by President Dilma Rousseff last month.

It says that company emails to workers are equivalent to orders given directly to the employee. Labour attorneys told the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper this makes it possible for workers answering emails after hours to ask for overtime pay.

Checking work email after hours? It's overtime

The new law says company emails to workers are equivalent to orders given directly to the employee.

This issue has come up in the United States as well. In May, Chicago policeman Jeffrey Allen filed a class action suit against the city, asking for unpaid overtime compensation.

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