Does an employer have to pay employees for time they spend going through security checkpoints?

Author: Jessica Sussman

No, an employer typically is not required to pay employees for time they spend going through security checkpoints before or after the start of their shifts. Courts have held time spent at security check points does not count as hours worked because it is not "integral and indispensable" to their principal job duties. However, time employees spend going through a security checkpoint after their shifts have started typically counts as part of the continuous workday.