Several recent decisions by various Courts and administrative agencies have had noteworthy effect on whether employees, particularly union employees, should be paid for “donning and doffing” materials, personal protective equipment, tools and other garb under Federal Law. As case law is developing on this important issue, many activities related to time spent donning, doffing, washing and walking time now may be compensable in districts where they previously may have been considered non-compensable.
This has been the result of new interpretations from the Department of Labor, new case law interpreting the meaning of “clothes,” and new decisions as to whether such donning and doffing time is an activity that is integral and indispensable to the employee’s primary job duties.
If your employer requires you to don and doff materials, personal protective equipment, tools or other items without pay, you should contact a wage and hour attorney for help determining whether your employer should be compensating you for this time. Brady & Associates offers a free consultation by phone or online. Call (913) 696-0925 or complete on online information form.