THE WHAT? Ulta is laying out some US$1.75 million to settle four class action lawsuits that accuse the beauty retailer of violating California’s working hours laws, according to a report published by HR Dive.
THE DETAILS Ulta was charged with requiring its employees to report for work-related checks and tasks before clock-in, as well as not providing timely rest and meal breaks to non-exempt employees.
A federal judge has signed off the payment, which equates to US$44.38 per complainant on average, although the exact amount will differ between the 23,767 employees covered.
THE WHY? The federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires that non-exempt employees be paid for all work-related tasks – which includes any duties or checks that must be carried out pre- or post-shift, although this has been interpreted differently in some cases.