The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled recently that the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) did not require an employer to pay employees for the time it took them to ride a company shuttle from a designated parking lot to the work site, nor for any time they had to wait at the site before their shift started.
The court’s decision in Bridges v. Empire Scaffold, LLC, No. 16-41493 (5th Cir. November 9, 2017), concludes that the time in dispute was not an “integral and indispensable part” of the employees’ job duties, and therefore was not compensable under the FLSA even though the shuttle from the designated parking lot was the only way employees could get to the worksite.
A copy of the Fifth Circuit’s ruling in Empire Scaffold is available here.
Members of the Center for Workplace Compliance (CWC) can read more here.