Workman Law

Off the Clock Time for Bag Searches

A more recent practice of employers that may gives rise to additional compensation owed by employers to employees, particularly in the retail context, is the practice of requiring employees to submit to bag searches whenever they leave the stores. Generally, this practice occurs after employees clock out and requires employees to wait for a supervisor to conduct the search. Depending on the circumstances, employers may owe employees compensation for both the time waiting to be searched and for the time it takes to conduct the actual search.