3 Employer Pitfalls In Donning And Doffing Policies

Law360, New York (October 2, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT) -- Donning and doffing is a hot area of wage and hour law that often leads to class and collective actions and, as a result, creates significant potential liability and litigation costs for employers. These cases involve whether the Fair Labor Standards Act and/or state laws require employers to pay employees for time spent putting on and taking off (i.e., “donning and doffing”) certain work clothes and protective equipment.

Generally, time spent in activities which are “preliminary” (before employees begin their principal work activities) and “postliminary” (after...
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