The Sandifer vs. U.S. Steel Decision
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the time U.S. Steel employees spent putting on and taking off their protective gear is not compensable under their collective bargaining agreement.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its first employment decision of 2014, Sandifer v. U.S. Steel [pdf], which held that the time employees spent donning (putting on) and doffing (taking off) their protective gear is not compensable under their collective bargaining agreement by operation of section 203(o) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. For background on Sandifer, see my coverage of last October’s oral argument. For more on section 203(o) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, see my coverage of a 2010 6th Circuit opinion, which Sandifer reversed.
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