Don’t fault employment lawyers attending oral arguments at the Supreme Court this week for feeling a vague sense of d�j� vu. For the second time in seven years, the justices will hear arguments concerning Harris County, Texas, and its compensatory time policy for law enforcement personnel.
In its first decision addressing Harris County’s comp time policy — Moreau v. Klevenhagen, 508 U.S. 22 (1993) — the Court held that the county could institute its policy pursuant to individual agreements with its employees. On Feb. 23, in Christensen v. Harris County, No. 98-1167 , the Court will decide whether the county may lawfully force its law enforcement officers to use their comp time on dates that best serve the county’s personnel requirements.