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Despite a judge’s ruling rejecting their claim, dozens of current and retired police officers in Teaneck, New Jersey say they deserve to be paid overtime for attending daily roll calls and putting on their uniforms each day.

The officers’ lawsuit sought overtime compensation for reporting to two daily roll calls – 10 minutes before the start of their shifts and 10 minutes after – and for the time it took them to put on their uniforms and load up their equipment.

A U.S. District Judge ruled that the township did not violate the Fair Labor Standards Act by not compensating the officers for their extra time,

However, the attorney representing the 88 officers involved in the suit has filed an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals.

What do you think – should they be compensated?

I’ll read some of your answers tomorrow morning in the Mainstreet Cafe.

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