Court Weighs In on Meaning of Split Shifts
California requires that extra compensation be paid to employees who are required to work "split shifts," generally referring to daily work shifts that are separatedby several hours ofnon-worktime. In SecuritasSecurity Services v. Superior Court (Holland), a group of employeesbrought a class action against their employer, alleging the employer failed to pay them required split shift premiums. Thealleged split shift? Working consecutive overnight shifts starting in the evening and ending in the morning. The employer defined its workday to begin at midnight each day and the employees therefore argued that by ending one shift in the morning and starting another in the evening of the same day, they were working "split shifts" and had to be compensated accordingly. The court appropriately rejected the plaintiffs' tortured interpretation of a split shift and held that split shift pay need not be paid in such circumstances involving consecutive overnight shifts.