Supreme Court preview: Key FLSA, bias cases on tap

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While much of the recent U.S. Supreme Court drama has swirled around who will serve on the court, employers are looking forward to key employment-law cases that the court will hear during its 2005-2006 term, which begins on Oct. 3.

The court currently has few employment-law cases on its docket, but more will likely be added in the coming months. Here are two key issues that the court will tackle this term:

1. Must you pay for employee time spent dressing and undressing?

The high court will hear arguments on two separate cases that pose this question: Must you pay employees for time spent dressing and undressing at work if those employees are required to wear specific clothing at work?

Both Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) cases center on food industry workers and the protective clothing they must wear for safety reasons.

The employees claim they're entitled to be paid for the time it takes to dress and un...(register to read more)

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