Cop Gets Paid Time Off for Getting Dressed

German riot police stand in formation during a left-wing demonstration on May Day in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, May 1, 2010.   (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
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(User Submitted) – A German police officer will receive seven extra days of holiday per year after complaining about not getting paid for the time it takes to get in and out of his uniform every day. Martin Schauder argued before a court that it takes him 15 minutes to get dressed in the morning, and 15 minutes to get undressed after work, and that he should be paid for that time. His regulation uniform includes undershirt, trousers, belt holding truncheon, handcuffs, weapon and gas canister, over shirt, tunic, boots, protective knee pads (when on riot control) and gloves.

The court agreed with Schauder and ordered his employers to either count the time (which works out to 45 hours per year) as overtime, or to award him holiday in lieu. The police chiefs are expected to appeal the decision. Read the full article in Sky News.

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