Wage and hour case may signal a sea change in calculating de minimis time worked

A recent employment law determination out of California could have widespread implications in all states in regards to wages earned. In a case brought by a Starbucks employee against the coffee giant, the court determined that small periods of time worked – “de minimis” time must be compensated.

Legal observers note that this decision however could bring about a “sea change” regarding how employees are paid. In this instance, the employee asserted that he was required to clock out before performing minor tasks. The court determined that this was in violation of California’s wage and hour law, but may also raise similar challenges across the country, especially where employers use rounding – whether up or down to document employee hours.

For more information or if you have any questions concerning whether you are earning all the compensation you are entitled to, please contact the experienced Atlanta wage and hour lawyers for an immediate, confidential case evaluation.

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