I have defended many claims and lawsuits involving working time, especially travel time.  Employees are continually seeking innovative ways to convert their otherwise non-compensable home-to-work travel into compensable work hours.  These efforts often fail, as illustrated by a recent case where Chicago police officers sought pay for transporting and storing their guns and then retrieving

Working time claims/lawsuits take many forms and often arise out of seemingly unlikely circumstances.  In a recent case, the Third Circuit ruled that temporary workers brought in to take over the jobs of locked out workers cannot receive pay under the FLSA for their time spent travelling to and crossing the picket line.  The case

At long last, new USDOL Opinion Letters are bursting forward.  Like Spring.  The agency just issued three new letters on a variety of topics, including one of my favorites, travel time.  The other letters address issues of compensable break time as well as the kinds of lump-sum payments that could be garnished for child support.

Arbitrate or litigate? Like everything else in the law, it depends…

Whether a claim for overtime should be arbitrated rather than fought out in court depends on whether the claim necessitates examination and interpretation of the labor contract. Under well-established legal principles, workers have an independent right to sue in court, rather than arbitrate, but

When is travel time compensable?  The focus is on whether an employee is engaged in travel as part of the employee’s principal activity or for the benefit of the employer.

The Basic Rules

Basic Rule #1:  Normal travel from home to work is not work time. This is true whether the employee works

The health care industry seems to draw more than its fair share of class action lawsuits.  In another example of this trend, home-health workers have filed a FLSA class action in federal court, alleging that their employer misclassified them as exempt and thus improperly denied them overtime.  The case is entitled Cook v. Amedisys, Inc.