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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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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