From the LA Times: “Apple store workers should be paid for time waiting to be searched, court rules“
Employees are supposed to find a manager or security officer to do the searches after they clock out. Employees estimate that waiting for and undergoing the searches can take five to 20 minutes, or, on busiest days, up to 45 minutes.
Apple argued that workers could avoid such searches by choosing not to bring a bag, package, or personal Apple technology device to work…
In a decision written by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the court said an industrial wage order defines hours worked as “the time during which an employee is subject to the control of an employer, and includes all the time the employee is suffered or permitted to work, whether or not required to do so.”
My take: Retail is a tough business. Industry wide, roughly one third of “inventory shrinkage” in internal. I assume there was more to Apple’s defense than it’s the employee’s fault for bringing a bag or an iPhone to work. But in my mind there’s no excuse for a 45 minute wait—not at the doctor’s office, not at the back door of Apple store.