Off-The-Clock Work No Deal for Shipping Employees

Off the clock

Many employees will often go the extra mile to ensure happy customers. Taking extra care in a process, checking results twice, and beaming a bright smile to the public are good examples of ensuring a strong future for the employing business and its workers. When that effort moves into the realm of working off-the-clock, some employees of one shipping company claim that the practice was mandatory.

In its 2012 annual report, FedEx states that it is the defendant in a number of lawsuits by employees claiming they were forced to work off-the-clock. The multiple lawsuits also allege that employees didn’t receive overtime benefits and were unable to take work breaks.

FedEx doesn’t deny the charges in the report, but does state that the potential financial ramifications do not represent a “material loss.”

In a tight economy, businesses and employees will often go the extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction and repeat business. Do you think that process should also include working additional hours off-the-clock?

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3 Comments

  1. Grannybunny

     /  April 19, 2013

    Isn’t it illegal to work off the clock? I’d be too afraid of getting in trouble to even attempt it.

  2. Barbara Rohde

     /  April 20, 2013

    It is one thing to work “off the clock” because you WANT to help, in an unusual circumstance; it is quite another to expect employees to do it ALL the time. I come in early, and often stay up to 15 min. past what I report on my time card – but I don’t want to HAVE to put in extra time off the clock, as a matter of routine!

  3. anonymous

     /  April 22, 2013

    No. Isn’t that how Unions were created? To make sure employers didn’t take advantage of workers by claiming that they “wanted” to work off the clock, when, in fact it was compulsory to do so. It seems as though all of the worker’s rights others fought so hard to attain for us are slowly slipping away. An honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay is all most people want. Working off the clock should be an unusual exception, not the rule.

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