DEAR NYCOFR: I would appreciate it if you could direct me to the provision of the law that talks about whether a worker has to be paid for time needed to change into a uniform. Statute Please DEAR STATUTE: That would be sections 785.24C, 785.25 and 785.26 of the massive Code of Federal Regulations. You can search for entries online at www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/index.html. The cases cited there deal with specific industries. But courts have generally held that changing into uniforms on the job is considered work, and hourly employees must be paid for it, according to Irv Miljoner, who heads the Long Island office of the U.S. Labor Department. But 785.24c cites a key exception: If you change clothes at work for your own convenience and the clothing you don isn't related to your job, then the company doesn't have to pay you for that time. In general though, Miljoner says, if you are required to wear specialized clothing to perform your job, you have to be paid for the time to change into or out of it at work.