The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a new notice last week that canceled its previous notice that provided interim instructions for computing donning and doffing time for FSIS inspectors. FSIS has decided to wait until the final rule on donning and doffing goes into effect before it begins treating time spent donning and doffing protective gear as part of the inspector’s eight-hour work day.  Under the now-canceled Notice 22-11, replaced by the new Notice 26-11, FSIS would have compensated inspectors for any overtime pay associated with donning and doffing until the final rule went into effect.  Under the final rule, meat and poultry establishments will be responsible for paying overtime charges beginning July 11, 2011.

 

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