For Immediate Release
Kelly Hoffman 202-314-2054 or Kelly.Hoffman@NFIB.org
NFIB: Supreme Court to Hear Important Wage & Hour Case
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 5, 2014 — Karen Harned, Executive Director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center, made the following statement in response to the amicus brief NFIB joined in the Fair Labor Standards Act case Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc., v. Busk. In this case the Supreme Court will have to decide whether or not routine post-shift security screenings of employees are compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
"This case revolves around the important distinction between work activities that are integral to an employee’s activities, which are compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and activities that are preliminary and/or postliminary which are excluded from compensable time.
Small business owners work hard to make sure their employees get hours and are paid a fair wage; however employers must also protect their businesses with security measures. They shouldn’t have to choose between security and whether or not they must compensate employees for their time going from point A to point B. If the Court rules that time spent in security screenings are compensable under the FLSA, small businesses will face rising costs and operational burdens. We urge the Supreme Court to protect employers and strike down this case.”
The amicus brief was filed on behalf of the Retail Litigation Center, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Society for Human Resource Management, and NFIB.
The NFIB Small Business Legal Center is a 501(c)(3) organization created to protect the rights of America's small business owners by providing advisory material on legal issues and by ensuring that the voice of small business is heard in the nation's courts. The National Federation of Independent Business is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals