Supreme Court Doesn't Understand Wage Labor

An Amazon warehouse doesn't have to pay workers for a post-shift security screening because it's not essential to the job. Where's the logic there?

The odds are stacked against him.

Photographer: Joshua Lott/Bloomberg

Back in the 1940s, when the U.S. Supreme Court last spent a lot of time struggling with the question of what parts of a worker’s day were included in the job for the purposes of getting an hourly wage, the cases tended to come out 5-4. Then, liberals inclined toward unions while moderates and conservatives preferred employers.

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