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The time spent by employees putting on or taking off their uniform is not to be paid if there is no hetero-direction (Il Quotidiano del lavoro de Il Sole 24 Ore, 15 June 2021 – Vittorio De Luca, Elena Cannone)

15 Jun 2021

With sentence 15763 of 7 June 2021, the Court of Cassation dealt once again with the issue of the time spent by employees to put on or take off their uniform.

In the case in question, the Court of Appeal of Rome, reforming the first instance sentence, rejected the request made by the employees of a company to be paid for the time spent putting on and taking off work clothes and other personal protective equipment. This was because the factual investigation showed that the company did not require its workers to wear and take off uniforms. Therefore, according to the territorial court, given that the company had waived “the right to enforce its hetero-direction in relation to that activity, it had no payment obligation deriving from reciprocity in relation to that activity”.

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