If you’re manager tracks your time based on when you log in and out of your machine at work, then are you missing out on pay for the time you’re waiting for your machine to boot up and shut down? That’s what a series of lawsuits by employees from the likes of AT&T, UnitedHealth and Cigna demand.
Add those minutes up over a week, and hourly employees are losing some serious pay, argues plaintiffs’ lawyer Mark Thierman, a Las Vegas solo practitioner who has filed a handful of computer-booting lawsuits in recent years.
In other words, does the clock start when you show up at the office or when the computer first logs you into the company network? A lawyer representing the defence on one of the cases argues that the time is generally spent doing personal activities like taking a coffee break or going out for a smoke. Are you getting stiffed time at your desk waiting for your operating system to startup? Photo by Andy Melton