Employees Seek Compensation for Pre-Shift Wait Time During Oil Refinery Project

Between December 2010 and May 2012, employees of Empire Scaffold, LLC worked on an oil refinery operated by Motiva Enterprises during Motiva’s Crude Expansion Project. During their time on the refinery, Empire employees were required to ride a bus from a parking lot to the refinery. The buses ran between 5:00 and 6:15 am. If an employee missed the last bus at 6:15, they were not allowed to work that day. Some Empire employees felt they should be compensated for the time they spent waiting in the mornings after arriving to the site before their scheduled work hours began at 7 am. Find out if the courts agreed.