Appeal Court Rules in Favour of Workers in Donning and Doffing Case03 September 2013
US - A Wisconsin appeal’s court ruling last month came down in favour of workers at a Tyson meat processing plant ordering that they must be paid for the time taken to put on and take off protective clothing.
The 4th District Court of Appeals disagreed with the Jefferson County Circuit Court that had said Tyson did not have to pay workers for that time because putting on and taking off the gear was not essential to their duties, the Wisconsin Law Journal reports.
The appeals court said that it counted as “preparatory and concluding activities that were part of the job.
It did not rule on another claim that time spent walking to and from work stations after and before dressing should be paid.
The Tyson Prepared Foods Plant in Jefferson produces pepperoni for pizza toppings.
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