by Hera S. Arsen, Ph.D., Ogletree Deakins
The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 9 unanimously ruled that the time workers spend waiting to undergo and undergoing security screenings is not compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act ().
According to Justice Clarence Thomas, who wrote the opinion in Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk (No. 13-433, U.S. Supreme Court, 2014), the security screenings at issue were not the principal activities the employees were employed to perform, were not “integral and indispensable” to those activities and, thus, were noncompensable.
Two Integrity Staffing warehouse employees sued the company on behalf of a class of workers claiming federal and state law wage-and-hour violations. They claimed their employer, which provided workers at an Amazon.com facility, violated the FLSA and state labor laws by failing to pay them for the time they spent in security screen...(register to read more)