No Overtime For Checking Email At Home

(Columbus) - A bill making its way through the process in Columbus would be good news for employers, bad news for employees.

Senate Bill 243 passed on Wednesday by a vote of 22-8. It would exempt employers in Ohio from having to pay overtime for work-related things you may do at home, such as checking email or voice mail from your work accounts, or even for your your commute to and from work. You could still collect overtime for these activities if your employer specifically directs you to do them out of the office.

The bill still has to go to the House, and on to Governor DeWine. The Senate vote Wednesday was mostly along party lines, with most Republicans voting for the bill, and all Democrats voting against it.

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