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Employees change clothes at work? Heed new pay rules

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The U.S. Department of Labor issued a new interpretation letter that says time spent changing in and out of “protective clothing” (e.g., helmets, smocks, aprons, gloves, etc.) is considered paid time. It also says time spent changing into “ordinary clothes” (i.e., a uniform) may not be compensable itself, but could start the clock on the workday, meaning all activities after—such as walking to the workstation—would be paid time.

Find more details and a link to the DOL letter at www.theHRSpecialist.com/clothing.

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