Quote of the Day - We have women in the military, but they don't put us in the front lines. They don't know if we can fight, if we can kill. I think we can. All the general has to do is walk over to the women and say, 'You see the enemy over there? They say you look fat in those uniforms.'
I put a tie on for work every day. Frequently I wear cufflinks, too, but it's not required. Sometimes wingtips that require tying, but other times just loafers. You know, the ones with the little tassels, although my friend tells me they're out of style. I carry a briefcase, a pen and a watch. Oh yes, my cell phone/PDA and files I took home last night to work on.
If you were my client, would you want to pay me to get dressed?
That's what police in California and several other states are asking. After a Supreme Court opinion two years ago that ruled employees are entitled to pay for the "don and doff" process of dealing with uniforms, police here claim they're entitled to pay for getting dressed with bulletproof vests, guns, pepper spray, tasers, and handcuffs.
It's kind of like the uniform I wear, just a little more intense.
Now don't get me wrong here, there are many bailiffs in Court and police around the state who put their lives on the line for you and me every day, and I'm grateful for it, as I suspect you are too (except, perhaps while you're being pulled over and given a speeding ticket, but that's somehow different).
The Supremes ruled that where uniforms are mandatory, employees should get paid for the time it takes to don and doff the clothes and accouterments, and walking to and from workstations. Perhaps the police officers and others are entitled to get paid. If so, you can expect your taxes to increase.
But I won't be charging you to button my shirt or drive to the office.