Magazine article HRMagazine

No Pay for Time Changing Clothes under Union Contract

Magazine article HRMagazine

No Pay for Time Changing Clothes under Union Contract

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The time steelworkers spend putting on and taking offprotective gear falls within the scope of a Fair Labor Standards Act provision denying compensation for "changing clothes," the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Sandifer v. United States Steel Corp.

The lawsuit was brought by unionized workers at U.S. Steel facilities who must wear protective clothing and equipment, including hard hats; safety glasses; earplugs; respirators; "snoods" (hoods that extend to the chest); flameretardant hoods, jackets and pants; work gloves and "wristlets" (Kevlar sleeves covering lower arms and openings of work gloves); and steeltoed boots and "leggings" (Kevlar coverings for lower legs).

The court found that most protective gear that U.S. Steel employees wear falls within the meaning of the term "clothes" in Section 203(o). …

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