Brink's loses court case in Washington

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10/19/2007
In a ruling that could have a major impact on the residential market, especially, Curt Woodward at the Olympian reports today that the state Supreme Court has ruled in favor of 70 Brink's Home Security techs who say they deserve to be paid for their trips from home to the job site and from the job site home each day. Per the story: The majority opinion, written by Justice Susan Owens, said the technicians were clearly on duty and in a prescribed workplace while driving the company trucks - satisfying state rules that define working hours. ... The court's two dissenters, Justices Richard Sanders and James Johnson, said the technicians weren't on the clock because the company trucks aren't necessarily a workplace. The Brink's technicians, Sanders pointed out, didn't claim they were entitled to pay when driving a work truck to the company office - only when they were driving to and from a job site. "Here, the technicians' principal work consists of installing and repairing alarm systems in customers' homes," Sanders wrote. "Hence, this work is done only at the homes of the customers and not while commuting." There's, of course, no reaction from Brink's or interviews with any industry observers, or even HR lawyers, to talk about the impact this decision might have. We're going to get cracking, however, calling people to find out what this case, which has been rumbling through the legal system since 2002, means for the security biz.