Safety Gear Is Clothes Under FLSA, High Court Hears

Law360, New York (July 26, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and industry trade associations on Friday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to find that a Fair Labor Standards Act provision allowing union bargaining over the compensability of time spent changing clothes covers time spent putting on protective items.

The high court agreed in February to consider the issue of what activities count as changing clothes under Section 203(o) of the FLSA — which states that time spent changing clothes or washing at the beginning or end of each workday is excluded...
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