Answering Emails After Hours? You May Be Entitled To Overtime

Donna Ballman
at beach, man works on laptop, woman talks on cellphone
at beach, man works on laptop, woman talks on cellphone

By Donna Ballman

What did we ever do before cell phones? Well, for one thing, we probably worked a lot less. In a recent study by The Pew Research Center, 62 percent of us have smartphones and 33 percent have tablets. In the past three years, we've gone from spending an average of 22 minutes per day on our mobile devices to 82 minutes per day. Much of that time is spent checking and responding to emails and texts from work.

Are you getting paid for all that extra work? Probably not. But maybe you should. Here's why.