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Eighth Circuit Affirms Jury Verdict Despite Confusion over Whether the Standard is Reasonable Time or Actual Time for Compensable Activities

Unless you’re one of the twelve people in the world who didn’t see The Avengers this summer, you can likely recall the scene where Tony Stark literally “steps out” of his Iron Man suit after landing on his penthouse ledge.  Indeed, the fictional billionaire has perfected the doffing of his hardware to a science—the machines … Continue Reading

Fourth Circuit Affirms Judgment that Donning and Doffing Activities Are Compensable “Work” Under the FLSA

Fashion icon Mark Twain once said, “Clothes make the man.  Naked people have little or no influence on society.”  And, indeed, employers agree, as many of them require their employees to don attire befitting their industrial pursuits.  Mountaire, a company engaged in the slaughter, processing and distribution of chicken and chicken parts, is no exception.  … Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Panel Rejects DOL ‘Clothes Changing’ Interpretation

In another twist to the often-litigated question of the compensability of mandatory workplace “clothes changing” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA),  the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (by a 2-1 vote) concluded that union-represented employees at a Kellogg plant in Tennessee were not entitled to be paid for the time … Continue Reading