Why wasn’t this always the case?

It’s hard to imagine that we won’t look back in 50 years and wonder how this ever wasn’t a thing:

If you’ve worked a service or retail job, you’re likely well aware of all the little moments of work you aren’t paid for. Whether it’s locking up the store or booting computer systems, there’s plenty that companies get away with not paying employees for.

Now, a California Supreme Court decision may change that. The suit was brought against Starbucks by former assistant store manager Douglas Troester. Troester said in his suit that he wasn’t paid for minutes of work at the end of the day, when he had to clock out before using a computer system to upload information about employees. The court decided that Starbucks should have paid him for this time.

Pay employees for their work. That shouldn’t be a radical idea.