Should employees be paid for additional time taken to prepare for their shift?

Posted in : Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 1 March 2019
Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors
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Q: Should employees be paid for time taken to prepare for their shift, namely, to change their shoes?

Scott: "The company manufacturing quality process requirement is that shop floor employees must wear special shoes, which cannot be worn outside before entering the shop floor. There are various electrical static purposes here. Therefore, employees must go to the locker room to change shoes before entering the shop floor where the clock-in machine is.

"Manufacturing work instructions state that the stop/start time is either 8:00 a.m. or 8:00 p.m." So, there are 12-hour shifts, presumably 24 hours coming through here or at least . . . yeah, it could be 24 hours, a seven-day week.


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This article is correct at 01/03/2019

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Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors

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