What the Heck is "Doffing?"

I originally wrote this post back in 2011. You would think this is a simple issue, yet employers continue to get it wrong. Just yesterday I read an article written by the attorneys of Fox Rothchild, LLP where they described a case where a company is accused of owing overtime to 7000 employees because the …

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Generosity in pay does not relieve an employer from overtime obligations

In a case in Pennsylvania, that may have national implications, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has reversed a prior District Court decision and said that the DuPont companies owes workers overtime despite the company’s generosity in other areas pay. The situation The workers at a DuPont plant regularly worked 12 hour …

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Supreme Court to decide on the Definition of “Clothes”

  If you are like me you looked at that headline and said “What?” or “Really?” Can’t we accomplish that with a dictionary? The answer to that question is apparently not. So the SCOTUS will decide an issue that has been argued in many courts in the past 20 years.The irony is that we will …

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A VERY EXPENSIVE Lesson in NOT Following the Rules

A settlement between Butterball and the US Department of Labor is costing the company over $7.5 million and causing all sorts of disruptions and rules changes to rectify mistakes made by not compensating for time spent “donning” and “doffing” equipment. This is a very expensive lesson in not following the rules. What follows is the …

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