PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Employees at Apple stores must be paid for time they spend waiting for managers or security guards to search their bags to make sure they’re not stealing anything, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday. What’s more, the justices said their class-action ruling is retroactive, covering all Apple California rank-and-file employees who were subject to the bag-search policy from July 25, 2009, to the present. Apple has 52 stores in California, but didn’t immediately comment or say how much the ruling might cost one of the world’s wealthiest tech companies. Attorneys for the company and affected workers also did not comment. The decision may reverberate with other California employers who require workers to undergo security screenings, but the decision won’t affect other states because federal courts already ruled that there is no right to compensation under federal law. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent the appeal to the state’s high court to decide if the Apple workers could still prevail under California’s stricter worker protection laws. The federal appellate court said the issue “is of extreme importance to numerous employees and employers in California.” Apple’s policy requires the workers to submit to the searches of… Read full this story
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