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Supremes: No pay for time spent on security screening

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 9  unanimously ruled that workers at a warehouse are not entitled to pay for the time they spend waiting to undergo anti-theft screenings, nor for the time spent actually being screened.

The decision in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk involved temp workers at an Amazon.com warehouse in Nevada. A class-action lawsuit contended that they had to wait up to 25 minutes to be searched for pilfered goods, time the employees argued should have been paid.

None of the Supreme Court justices bought that argument, ruling 9-0 against the workers. Reason: The screenings were “not an integral part” of the workers’ jobs.

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