Sandifer v U.S. Steel Corp

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Supreme Court Says No Need To Pay Union Employees For Certain Protective Gear Dressing If Bargaining Agreement Excludes It

In Sandifer v. U.S. Steel Corp., the U.S. Supreme Court held that the FLSA does not require unionized employers to compensate employees for time spent putting on and taking off certain protective clothing if they have a...more

Unionized Employers Take Note Of The Recent Supreme Court Ruling Under The FLSA

On January 27, 2014, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court interpreted the meaning of the term “changing clothes” found in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA or Act), specifically at 29 U.S.C. § 203(o). This case is significant for...more

Supreme Court To Decide Whether Fair Labor Standards Act Requires Compensating Employees For End-Of-Shift Security Screenings

The Supreme Court makes its biggest headlines when it wades into the biggest issues of the day. But the Supreme Court also maintains a substantial docket of seemingly small—but ultimately important—technical questions....more

Pay for Time Spent Donning and Doffing Protective Gear

The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Sandifer v. United States Steel Corp., No. 12-417 (January 27, 2014) should serve as an impetus for all employers to review their pay practices with respect to paying employees for...more

In Light of Supreme Court's Sandifer Decision, Employers Should Revisit "Donning and Doffing" Compensation Policies

On January 27, 2014, the United States Supreme Court held that time spent donning and doffing required protective gear was not compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the terms of a collective bargaining...more

Supreme Court’s Sandifer Decision Is Not Just About Changing Clothes

In Sandifer et al. v. United States Steel Corp., a unanimous Supreme Court clarified the meaning of "changing clothes" found in Section 203(o) of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA" or "Act"), holding that "changing clothes"...more

Get Dressed! But Don’t Expect The Company to Pay for It!

Sandifer v. United States Steel Corporation, U.S. Supreme Court No. 12-417, decided January 27, 2014 (appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit), is one of the rarer instances in which the Supreme Court...more

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Meaning of Compensable Donning and Doffing

On January 27, 2014, the United States Supreme Court clarified the meaning of “changing clothes” under the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (“FLSA”) donning and doffing protections....more

Employment Law - Feb 06, 2014

The More Things Change: U.S. Supreme Court Rules on “Changing Clothes” - Why it matters: In a unanimous decision – save for a single footnote – the U.S. Supreme Court held that the time spent donning and doffing...more

U.S. Supreme Court Takes The Wind Out Of Donning And Doffing Class Actions

For years, plaintiffs’ lawyers have brought class actions against employers seeking compensation for time spent by employees putting on and taking off protective gear. The numbers have been staggering, as eight figure...more

The Supreme Court’s Sandifer Decision and Collective Actions

Last week, the Supreme Court decided the case of Sandifer v. United States Steel Corp., Case No. 12-417 (Jan. 27, 2014), addressing donning and doffing claims in the context of a unionized steel mill. That case not only...more

Wage And Hour Issues Make Headlines Early In 2014

Based upon a unanimous ruling from the United States Supreme Court and comments from President Barack Obama during his State of the Union address, wage and hour issues are front and center for 2014. Under the wage and hour...more

Justices Scoff at Payment for Don and Doff

Employees who spend time putting on and taking off protective clothes, including flame-retardant outerwear, gloves, boot and hardhats, do not have to be paid for that time when it occurs before and after the work day, the...more

Get Paid for Getting Dressed? Supreme Court Clarifies “Changing Clothes” Under the FLSA

Updating a case we discussed last month, in Sandifer v. United States Steel Corp., No. 12-417 (January 27, 2014), the United States Supreme Court last week clarified the scope of Section 203(o) of the FLSA concerning which...more

Donning and Doffing Protective Gear Constitutes ‘Changing Clothes’ for Purposes of the FLSA

In a unanimous opinion, the United States Supreme Court held in Sandifer et al., v. United States Steel Corp., 571 U.S. __ (January 27, 2014) that the time employees spent “donning and doffing” protective gear was not...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Rules On “Donning And Doffing”...Sort Of

On Monday of last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a new ruling on "donning and doffing" of work-related clothing. The decision has added some clarity as to "compensable" versus "non-compensable" time, but its application...more

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Ruling on ‘Changing Clothes’ and Compensation under FLSA

The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that U.S. Steel was not required to compensate its employees for time spent donning and doffing protective gear. The Court reasoned that the collective bargaining agreement between U.S....more

Supreme Court Decision Clarifies Approach to Donning-and-Doffing Cases Under the FLSA

On January 27, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Sandifer v. United States Steel Corp. that the Fair Labor Standards Act did not require an employer to pay workers for time spent donning and doffing protective gear. The...more

Supreme Court Clarifies the Scope of the “Changing Clothes” Exception to the FLSA for Union Employers

On January 27, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in Sandifer v. United States Steel Corp., No. 12-417, upholding judgment for the employer under section 203(o) of the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

More to Supreme Court’s Sandifer Decision than the Definition of “Clothes”

In Sandifer v. U.S. Steel, the U.S. Supreme Court provides its latest take on donning and doffing clothes and other important timekeeping issues under the FLSA. On January 27, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion...more

The Supreme Court Clarifies The Meaning Of The FLSA's "Changing Clothes" Exception

In a near unanimous decision on Monday, the United States Supreme Court further clarified the multifaceted and oft-litigated issue of whether "donning and doffing" of some protective gear prior to or following a work shift...more

Is Putting on and Taking off Protective Gear Compensable? Supreme Court (Ad)dresses that Issue in Latest Ruling

This week the Supreme Court held that time unionized workers spend putting on (donning) and taking off (doffing) personal protective gear is not compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The decision comes on the heels...more

The Latest from the U.S. Supreme Court - Time Spent Putting On and Taking Off Protective Gear Is Not Compensable Under the Fair...

Earlier this week, in Sandifer v. U.S. Steel Corp., the Supreme Court addressed whether unionized workers may be entitled to compensation for time spent putting on and taking off protective gear. The Court found that putting...more

Clothes or Equipment

The Fair Labor Standards Act permits employers and unions to agree to exclude from compensable time, the time spent washing and changing clothes. Does this include agreeing about putting on and taking off “protective...more

Supreme Court Decides What it Means to “Change Clothes”

And you thought the U.S. Supreme Court only decided weighty issues. Actually, in the context of a unionized workforce, the Court’s decision in Sandifer v. United States Steel Corp. is a positive development for employers, but...more

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