Court upholds split shift wage regulations

A federal court recently sided with FedEx in a class action wage and hour dispute case filed against them.  The California court upheld the state’s split shift wage regulation, section 4(C), that says if an employee works a split shift “one hour’s pay at the minimum wage shall be paid in addition to the minimum wage for that workday, except when the employee resides at the place of employment.”

The employees who took action against FedEx attempted to argue that they were owed regular wages for the hours they worked plus an additional hour at minimum wage.  In actuality, the law says that the workers working split shift were only owed pay at minimum wage plus an hour of minimum wage.  The court decided that the language in section 4(c) is clear and that the employees who filed suit against the company were replacing regular wage for minimum wage.

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