Big victory for Disney employees on Friday.
About 69 employees will get almost half a million in back pay, the Orlando Sentinel reports. An investigation by the Department of Labor revealed that inventory control clerks in the food and beverage department were not paid for work activities that occurred before and after their shifts. They also worked through meal times and from home without compensation.
This is a hot,hot, hot area of labor law today.
In Disney's case, it did have rules regarding off-clock work but managers were not adhering to them, the Department of Labor discovered. "It is not enough to have policies. Management must also ensure that all supervisors are implementing them," said Nancy Leppink of the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.
This area of law is sure to get more attention with people working through lunch hour, and taking work calls on the cell phones at home or in their cars. The law says time worked over 40 hours per week by certain non-exempt employees is considered overtime. This strong message to Disney could be just the ammunition employees need to reclaim some work life balance.
Have you ever felt like you are putting in hours that you should be paid for but aren't?