One such lawsuit was filed against Amazon by workers at an Amazon warehouse in Nevada. According to Reuters (3/3/14), the workers were required to go through security checks that, in some cases, added up to 30 minutes to their time at work. The workers filed a lawsuit arguing that under the Fair Labor Standards Act, they should be paid for that time.
Integrity Staffing Solutions, the third-party contractor that hired temporary workers at the warehouse, argued that security screenings are not a regular part of the employees’ work tasks and are no different from waiting to pick up a paycheck or walking to the workplace from the parking lot.
According to Mondaq (3/4/14), under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employees must be paid for any activities that are considered integral to the duties they were hired for. Activities that are not integral to those principal duties do not require compensation.
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The question for the Supreme Court to sort out is whether time spent waiting for security checks is time that employees should be paid for, under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The lawsuit is Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc v. Jesse Busk and Laurie Castro, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 13-433.