Pay employees for pre-shift COVID screening.

To decide if you must pay employees for their pre- or post-work activities--such as putting on uniforms, waiting in a time-clock line, etc.--take a look at the Fair Labor Standards Act. The main issue is whether the pre- or post-activity is "integral" and "indispensable" to the employee's principal activity.

This issue has raised its legal head in recent months as more employers have required their employees to undergo temperature checks and other COVID health screenings before entering the workplace.

Recent case: Walmart is facing a class-action suit in which current and former employees claim the retail giant failed to pay for time...

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