INTEGRITY STAFFING V. BUSK
Court: U.S. Supreme Court
Term: October 2013
Oral Argument: October 8, 2014
Decided: December 8, 2014
Opinion: Justice Thomas
Lower Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Whether time spend in security screenings is compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), as amended by the Portal-to-Portal Act.
The 9th Circuit ruled that time employees spend waiting for security checks is compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act. After the Ninth Circuit denied the petition for rehearing en banc, the employer asked the US Supreme Court to consider the case. The RLC filed a brief (joined by several other major business associations) with the Court in support of granting certiorari explaining the considerable impact that the 9th circuit's decision would have on employers generally and retailers in particular if the Court failed to provide certainty in this area. The Court granted cert and the RLC filed a brief on the merits (again joined by major business associations) in support of the employer, underscoring the long line of cases upon which employers have relied and the practical affects on employers that the 9th Circuit's decision would have.
The unanimous Court held that time spent by employees waiting to undergo security screening is not compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Procedural History and Case Documents:
- Petition for certiorari filed October 2013
- Petition granted March 2014
- RLC amici brief (merits) filed June 2014
- U.S. Government's brief in support of petitioner (merits) filed June 2014
- Respondents' Brief filed August 2014
- SCOTUS Decision issued January 2015