Must You Pay Employees For “On Call” Time?

images(Post by Rick Dacri, February 3, 2015)

According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Fact Sheet No. 22, , “An employee who is required to remain on call on the employer’s premises is working while “on call”. An employee who is required to remain on call at home, or who is allowed to leave a message where he/she can be reached, is not working (in most cases) while on call. Additional constraints on the employee’s freedom could require this time to be compensated.”

An on-call employee who is not required to be at the work site, and who is effectively free to use his or her time for his or her own purposes, is not working while on call and need not be paid. Of course, if the employee is paged and must perform work, the employee must be paid for all hours worked.

If you have questions, call me at 207-229-5954 or visit the HR HelpLine.

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