On October 8, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc., v. Busk. The case involves a dispute between Nevada warehouses and their employees. The warehouses fill orders for Amazon.com customers. At the conclusion of shifts, employees spend time being screened to make sure they haven’t stolen anything from the shelves or the bins, a company requirement before they leave for the day. The company refers to this process as “inventory control.” Employees claim that the time spent undergoing the screening is compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act, while the employer asserts that the screening procedure is analogous to the time employees spend clocking out on their way out the door, and is not compensable. Employers also assert that they must be able to protect their businesses with security measures without having to choose between security and compensating employees for their time going from point A to point B, which would raise operating costs.
Karen R. Harned, Executive Director of the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center, attended the oral arguments, and she offered her analysis of the facts of the case and the possible outcome.
- Karen R. Harned, Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Small Business Legal Center