OAKLAND, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Scott Cole & Associates announces that, on Thursday, December 22, 2016, the California Supreme Court handed down a landmark opinion reminding employers that non-exempt worker time spent under the control of the employer is compensable. While the opinion in Augustus vs. ABM Security Services upheld a trial court judgment of roughly $90 million in favor of a class of security guards, the Supreme Court's decision has widespread implications across numerous industries and job classifications.
“ABM's policy requiring guards, without pay, to remain vigilant and watchful at all times runs counter to California laws permitting 10-minute, duty-free rest breaks. It's just wrong to prejudice workers with low pay, and then deprive them of their breaks too”
"After 11 years of litigation, we are thrilled to learn the Court supports our position. Guards remaining on-call during rest breaks are performing compensable work...period," said Scott Cole, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs. "ABM's policy requiring guards, without pay, to remain vigilant and watchful at all times runs counter to California laws permitting 10-minute, duty-free rest breaks. It's just wrong to prejudice workers with low pay, and then deprive them of their breaks too," Cole charged.
The opinion is available online at: http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/S224853.PDF
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