Do I need to get paid ‘show up’ pay for showing up to a meeting at work?

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Do I need to get paid ‘show up’ pay for showing up to a meeting at work?

I was scheduled for a meeting at 10am at work
then scheduled to work my regular shift from
430pm to 1015pm. The meeting only lasted an
hour then we were sent home. When I checked
the schedule the next day it said we were
only getting an hour pay for the meeting. I
thought it was a minimum of two hours if you
showed up to work outside of your regular
work hours. Just wanted to make sure before I
bring it up to my employer.

Asked on December 21, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, California


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

CA allows for "reporting time pay" or "show up pay". This is a form of pay that, like missed meal period compensation or OT, is intended to discourage work schedules that are deemed to create a burden on employees who show  to work expecting a full schedule of pay but get less, or nothing, due to ocverstaffing, etc. It is intended to discourage employers from deliberately over-staffing their operations and then sending home any “excess” workers without pay. However, this is not the situation in your case. You are you are still be scheduled for your full work hours. Accordingly, you only need to be paid for the time that you spend in your meeting, which you are (i.e. 1 hour).

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