Western Grower & Shipper 2018 11Nov-Dec

locking doors, setting alarms, putting away tools, dropping cash into a deposit box, accompanying coworkers to their vehicles, and the like. The holding shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Starbucks decision fits within the broad obligation of California employers to compensate employees for all time the employee is “subject to the control” of the employer. In past years, and especially in the agricultural setting, California employers have had to adapt their practices to account for those minutes when employees are ostensibly under their control, including time spent putting on and taking off required protective gear, and time spent walking from the worksite

to break areas. At issue in several recently filed lawsuits is whether the time spent on employer-provided buses that transport employees to worksites is compensable. California employers have been on the forefront of developing mechanisms to ensure that non-exempt employees get paid for all compensable time, including utilizing advanced timekeeping systems and restructuring job duties to ensure that work is performed while employees are clocked in. Employers would be well-advised to review non-exempt employees’ job duties to determine whether any are performed prior to or after clocking in, and ensure either that such time is compensated and/or that duties are modified so the work T:7.5” B:7.75”

is performed on the clock or by exempt employees. The silver lining is that many of the steps already taken by California employers in addressing these issues will leave them well-armed in the post- Starbucks employment landscape. Christine Samsel (partner) and Sherli Frank (associate) are attorneys with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Their expertise includes advising and counseling employers on employment practices and representing them in disputes.

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