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California ‘Walk Time’ Case Arguments: To Pay or Not to Pay

April 4, 2019, 6:50 PM

California Supreme Court justices sounded skeptical of arguments by the state that lawmakers intended for thousands of state correctional workers to go unpaid for the chunk of time it takes them to walk from the prison doors to their assigned posts.

The case involves “walk time,” the time workers spend walking at the workplace to where they carry out their duties, which in prisons can involve a hike of a quarter of a mile or more. Correctional workers alleged that time—as well as time collecting safety equipment and attending briefings—was improperly excluded from what was considered work time and that...

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