If you’re going to inconvenience your employees by searching their bags, the least you can do is pay them for that time.
Apple, a company with $207.6 billion of cash in its reserves, doesn’t pay retail employees for time spent undergoing a search of their bags and backpacks before they leave. Managers or security personnel also check the serial numbers of employees’ personal iPhones to make sure they’re not stolen property.
The California Supreme Court ruled that Apple violated the law by not paying employees for the time it spent searching their bags, Bloomberg Law reported Thursday.
“The exit searches burden Apple’s employees by preventing them from leaving the premises with their personal belongings until they undergo an exit search—a process that can take five to 20 minutes to complete—and by compelling them to take specific movements and actions during the search,” said Judge Tani Cantil-Sakauye. …