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Some California Prison Workers Can Seek ‘Walk Time’ Pay

July 1, 2019, 8:22 PM

California corrections workers covered by a collective bargaining agreement can’t seek additional pay for time spent walking to their assigned job postings, a divided state Supreme Court ruled.

But justices in a 5-2 decision July 1 held supervisors not covered by a union agreement can proceed on narrow grounds that they’re due pay under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and not the more worker-friendly California wage regulations. State Labor Code and Industrial Welfare Commission wage orders require pay for all time under the employer’s control. The FLSA says workers’ pay starts with the “first principal activity” of the day. ...