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In an opinion that affects how governments pay overtime, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a suit filed by sheriff’s deputies in Harris County, Texas, that a public employer can tell its employees when to take comp time. In Edward Christensen, et al. v. Harris County, et al., the high court ruled May 1 that nothing in the Fair Labor Standards Act prohibits an employer from compelling employees to take comp time. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the majority opinion, with justices David Souter and Antonin Scalia writing separate concurrences. Justices John Paul Stevens and Stephen Breyer wrote separate dissents, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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