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California Court Mandates Pay For ‘Sleep Time’


January 15, 2015

The California Supreme Court ruled this week that for some occupations—such as 24-hour security guards who sleep for eight hours of that time—employers must compensate workers for the full shift, even the time spent resting. The ruling reverses a prior appeals court ruling upholding employer-worker agreements that specified unpaid sleep time. The court reiterated factors that have been considered by other courts, including whether there were “excessive geographical restrictions” on employee movements and whether employees could engage in personal activities during the call-in time. Attorneys from Epstein Becker & Green summarize the case, and suggest that companies examine their employment agreements, as the ruling sets the stage for other firms to face class action lawsuits over ‘sleep time.’

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