Portal To Portal Act: Determining Hours Worked At The Start And End Of The Work Day

Webinar: ID# 1014345
Recorded CD
About This Course:
Employees and their counsel continue to pursue class action claims for off-the-clock work and unpaid overtime wages at a fever pitch.

Thousands of wage and hour class actions asserting violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act or parallel state laws are filed each year and the costs of defending these matters and the damages claimed and paid, whether through trial or settlement, are staggering.

Now, the U.S. Department of Labor is issuing interpretations that are apparently aimed at helping plaintiffs in these matters. One area upon which plaintiffs have focused is when employers must pay employees at the beginning and end of the work day - they have pursued claims for time working at home, commuting between home and work, changing clothes, putting on equipment, waiting to punch in and out, walking to and from their work stations, talking to co-workers, turning on and off computers and other equipment, and waiting for computers to boot up or shut down.

This live webinar will help you understand the nature of these claims and the newest arguments advanced by plaintiffs' counsel. It will also explain how you can structure your work environment to minimize the likelihood and success of these pre- and post-work claims.


General Requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Similar State Wage and Hour Laws
Work Time Issues at the Start and End of the Work Day
  • Work at Home
  • Commuting and Travel Time
  • Security Screening
  • Clothes Changing, and Donning and Doffing
  • Waiting and Walking Time
  • Pass-Down Time and Employee Discussions
  • Computers, Equipment and Tools
Time Recording Issues That Complicate Class Wage Claims
  • The Need for Accurate Records
  • The Use of Time Rounding Systems
  • The Impact of Attendance Policies
What Can an Employer Do to Minimize the Risks?FACULTY

Patrick M. Madden
  • Partner and co-chair of the International Labor and Employment Practice Group at K&L Gates LLP
  • Advises employers on labor and employment issues, including wage and hour payment, and compliance and compensation plan design, assists employers responding to agency investigations, and represents employers in wage and hour, discrimination, and other lawsuits at the state and federal levels
  • Has worked on over a hundred state, regional and national wage and hour class actions, including lawsuits involving wage calculation and payment issues, entitlement to overtime and benefits, off-the-clock claims, challenges to exempt status and claims to employee status
  • Listed as a top labor and employment attorney in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA America‚Äôs Leading Lawyers for Business, a Super Lawyer in Washington Law & Politics, one of the 29 Washington State litigation stars by Benchmark Litigation, and a leading employment lawyer in Seattle Business and Seattle Metropolitan magazines
  • Frequently speaks, writes, and testifies on wage and hour and wage payment issues
  • J.D. degree, with highest honors, University of Washington School of Law, where he was managing editor of the Washington Law Review; B.A. degree, Pacific Lutheran University
Portal To Portal Act: Determining Hours Worked At The Start And End Of The Work Day
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