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United States Supreme Court Holds that Walking Time Can Be Integral and Indispensible" to a Principal Activity and Compensable Under the FLSA

November 15, 2005

Leslie Abbott and Kirby Wilcox

On November 8, 2005, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion holding that, under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), as amended by the Portal-to-Portal Act, “any activity that is ‘integral and indispensable’ to a ‘principal activity’ is itself a ‘principal activity’” for which non-exempt employees must be compensated.

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