Should we get paid for putting on the company uniform?

If an employer provides your work uniforms, and has them cleaned and delivered to a locker at your work place, do they have to allow you time to put them on and take them off on company time. If so where can I look for the regulations on this. thank you

2 answers  |  asked Mar 15, 2001 8:29 PM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

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Richard Renner
Here is a website with the overtime regulations

Here is a section of the Code of Federal Regulations on hours worked. I regret that it is not more specific for your question, but I believe it states the general principal. I include another section which addresses a helpful law called the Portal-to-Portal Act.

You can find these and other regulations at:

Richard Renner
Dover, Ohio

posted by Richard Renner  |  Feb 20, 2001 6:17 PM [EST]
Neil Klingshirn
Time spent changing may be compensable.

The answer is "it depends" on whether your employer requires you to wear and change your uniform (as it sounds like in your case) and, if so, whether it takes you more than a minute or two at the beginning of each shift. If your employer is requiring you to show up, say, 10 minutes early to be in uniform and at work at the beginning of your shift, the time is probably compensable.


Neil Klingshirn

posted by Neil Klingshirn  |  Feb 20, 2001 5:05 PM [EST]

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