Supreme Court to Decide When Workers Should Be Paid for Changing Their Clothes
by Christine M. Vanek on February 25, 2013
Companies often require employees to wear uniforms or other protective gear while on the job. However, whether employees should be paid for the time spent changing their clothes (referred to as donning and doffing time) has proven to be a complicated legal issue.
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the clock starts running on employee compensation when the worker engages in a “principal activity.” Generally speaking, courts have determined that this means that employees must be compensated for the time they spend donning and doffing required uniforms and safety gear, unless its de minimis.
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