An appeal currently pending in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, once again reminds us of the importance of maintaining accurate time records and policies – and how good recordkeeping practices and policies helped reach a verdict in favor of the employer.

In December 2015, an Illinois federal judge issued a verdict in favor of the employer, the Chicago Police Department, and denied the plaintiff police employees’ allegations that they were entitled to overtime under the FLSA for off-the-clock work. Specifically, the cops alleged that they were required to respond to messages on their smart phones after normal working hours, but were not compensated for such time. The plaintiffs also claimed that the department had an unwritten policy not to pay employees for such work, as their supervisors encouraged or pressured them to exclude the alleged off-the-clock work from their time sheets.

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