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The New York Times reports that the USA Supreme Court ruled unanimously yesterday that Amazon does not have to pay its workers for time spent going through security screenings at the end of the work day. The screenings, designed to prevent thrift, can take as long as 25 minutes, time for which the workers said they should be paid.

The ruling is seen as a blow to labor interests. There have been more than a dozen lawsuits filed against Amazon and other retailers challenging such pay policies.

According to the Times analysis, "The case that the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday turned on the meaning of a 1947 law, the Portal-to-Portal Act, which says that companies need not pay for 'preliminary' or 'postliminary' activities, meaning ones that take place before and after the workday proper. The Supreme Court interpreted the law in 1956 in Steiner v. Mitchell to require pay only for tasks that are an 'integral and indispensable part of the principal activities for which covered workmen are employed'."
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