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Read the following cases: IBP v. Alvarez (http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-9th-circuit/1335503.html) and Tum v. Barbar Foods (http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-1st-circuit/1158592.html). These cases were litigated all the way to the Supreme Court. What, if any, practical impact might these ruling have on businesses? Why do you think that these issues were litigated all the way to the Supreme Court?

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In Alvarez v. IBP, employees of the meat processing plant sought compensation for the time it
took to put on and take off special protective garments and safety gear, which were mandatory for them
to complete their jobs. The Court ofAppeals, 9th District determined these activities to be compensable,
due to the fact that the processes involved more than simply changing clothes. IBP argued that a prior
case set precedent, in that the plaintiff's argument was correct. However, in the prior case, employees
were non-unionized. IBP argued that because employees belonged to a bargaining unit, they had
adequate representation through collective bargaining and the circumstances were different ...

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