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Supreme Court Appears Split on Crucial Amazon Warehouse Case

Jason Del Rey has been a business journalist for 15 years and has covered Amazon, Walmart, and the e-commerce industry for the last decade. He was a senior correspondent at Vox.

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared split this morning on whether warehouse employees and other types of hourly workers should receive pay for waiting in line for anti-theft checks performed by employers after working hours, according to a transcript of the oral arguments. The ruling on the case, which involves two Amazon warehouse workers suing the staffing agency that helps Amazon hire hourly workers, could have large-scale ramifications for a host of tech and retail companies that require workers to go through a screening process after their shifts end. While Amazon isn’t a target of the suit, it and other companies such as Apple and CVS are in similar cases that are on hold pending the Supreme Court’s ruling, which is expected by next June, according to Reuters.

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