Wage Lawsuits Begin to Arise Over COVID-19 Screening Time

Lawsuits have started to surface by employees alleging state and federal violations due to non-payment of wages for time spent undergoing mandatory employer screenings for COVID-19.

According to this analysis by OMA Connections Partner Frantz Ward, employers should have policies and procedures in place to allow employees to clock in for any required pre-shift activities that take enough time to be considered more than “de minimis” under legal standards. Employers should also have a process to allow an employee (or a manager) to manually add time to their shift when necessary. 3/25/2021