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Court: No pay for Amazon warehouse security checks

1 year 10 months 1 week ago December 09, 2014 Dec 9, 2014 Tuesday, December 09 2014 December 09, 2014 9:00 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Sam Hananlel

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts.

The unanimous ruling Tuesday is a victory for the growing number of retailers and other companies that routinely screen workers to prevent employee theft. The justices said federal law does not require companies to pay employees for the extra time because it is unrelated to their primary job duties.

Some workers at Amazon contractor Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc., claim they wait up to 25 minutes to clear security before they can go home.

The Supreme Court reversed a federal appeals court ruling, which said the screenings should be compensated because they were performed for the employer's benefit.

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