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Lake County learns the hard way that ‘Pre-Work’ still counts as work

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Lake County will be forced to defend a lawsuit filed by several corrections officers who allege the county violated federal pay rules by requiring all corrections officers to report for work 15 minutes early for roll call.
    Roll call consisted of taking attendance, inspecting officers’ uniforms, assigning tasks for the day and disseminating information on recent orders from the sheriff. Officers weren’t paid for the time they spent in roll call.
    The federal judge hearing the case ordered the county to produce a list of all corrections officers in the sheriff’s department from October 2003 to the present who were not paid for roll-call time. They will be invited to join the lawsuit.
    Note: Federal law says employees must be paid for the time that they’re “engaged to wait” at work, meaning when they’re required to be at the work site while waiting to perform work.

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