Safety Gear Counts As 'Clothes' Under FLSA, High Court Told

By Abigail Rubenstein (July 22, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT) -- U.S. Steel Corp. told the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday that Congress intended to include time spent putting on protective items when it changed the the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow unions and employers to bargain over the compensability of time spent changing clothes.

The high court agreed in February to take up an appeal lodged by a class of about 800 U.S. Steel workers who claim they were unlawfully denied compensation for time spent putting on and taking off protective equipment, though the justices have limited their review of the Seventh Circuit's ruling nixing the workers' claims to the question of...

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