Does an employer have to pay hourly employees for the time it takes to don and doff their personal protective equipment (PPE)?

Authors: John D. Surma and Collin G. Warren, Adams and Reese LLP

Yes. The Department of Labor (DOL) requires an employer to pay for any time that it takes an employee to put on and take off PPE. However, time taken to change clothes does not require payment, and what qualifies as PPE versus clothes can be blurred.