Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hourly workers might not get paid for downtime regarding security checks


The Supreme Court has ruled “unfavorably” for some lower income hourly workers in a case, “Integrity Staffing Solutions v Busk”, where workers in a warehouse supporting Amazon sometimes were detained as long as 25 minutes for a security check to ensure they weren’t pilfering goods before leaving. 
   
The SCOTUS blog has an analysis here.  The slip opinion from December 9, 2014 is here
  
I can recall when working in the summer of 2003 as a debt collector that we didn’t get paid for hours lost if their system went down.  It’s common for hourly workers not to be paid for “non productive” time, whatever the rationalization (as in the Opinion).  

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