In Naylor v. Securiguard, Inc., the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that an employer may be required to compensate employees for meal breaks if the employees are required to spend a significant portion of that period traveling to a required break area.
Securiguard employees guarded several gates to a Naval air station. During their shifts, the guards received two scheduled thirty-minute meal breaks. The guards expressed a desire to eat at their posts, but Securiguard prohibited them from doing so (out of concern that the customer would think they were shirking their security duties).
Accordingly, the guards … Continue Reading