A federal appellate court using Homer Simpson to explain wage and hour law?!? Woo hoo!!

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Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuits aren’t exactly fodder for Silver Screen blockbusters.

In a recent decision from the Middle District of Pennsylvania — not known as a Hollywood pipeline — the question was whether donning and doffing basic personal protective equipment (“PPE”) was “integral and indispensable” to the oil rig workers’ principal activities.

Why is this important?

Employers must pay employees for time spent performing activities that are integral and indispensable to the principal activities that an employee is employed to perform. An activity is “integral and indispensable”

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