Employers in the state of California have been dealing with lawsuits in
recent years over small amounts of time employees spend on minor tasks
before clocking in. These lawsuits have been filed over things like the
amount of time employees spend waiting for their computers to start-up
and how long it takes to open and close-up a store.
In the case of
Troester v. Starbucks, judges in California’s Supreme Court ruled that the state’s
Labor Code and wage orders have not adopted the federal de minimis rule
that excludes payment for small amounts of time, as long as the employer
can show the amounts of time are too difficult to keep track of administratively.
The Court said that under California labor laws, employees can’t
routinely work for minutes off the clock without being paid
Although the court recognized that in principle, California law isn’t
concerned with small or trivial things, it refused to apply the same principle
to this case, and took into consideration the fact that Starbucks required
employees to regularly work minutes off the clock.
Because the court did not provide employers with clear guidance to remedy
this issue, the question still remains as to which circumstances are unreasonable
to keep track of. This decision has major implications for California
based employers and will likely result in a major wave of wage and hour
lawsuits from employees who have been underpaid for the time they spend
off the clock prepping for and wrapping up their work shift.
Hollister Unpaid Wage Attorney
At Marder Employment Law, we believe that workers deserve to be paid for
all of the labor they perform. That is why our legal team is here to fight
for your rights and pursue maximum compensation on your behalf. We have
years of experience with the following types of
unpaid wage cases:
- Minimum wage violations
- Failure to provide meal breaks
- Improper pooling of tips
- Unpaid time for work performed before or after a work shift
Visit our law office today to speak with one of our experienced legal professionals
today about how we can help ensure your interests are fully protected.
Call (888) 796-4010 to
request a free consultation with an
employment law lawyer in Hollister.