Is it true that if I am a full-time employee scheduled to work every day but if there is no work on a given day, that my employer should still pay me up to 4 hours anyway?

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Is it true that if I am a full-time employee scheduled to work every day but if there is no work on a given day, that my employer should still pay me up to 4 hours anyway?

Asked on July 8, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

That's not quite right. Your state does offer more protection in this regard that most states; however, the protection in this case is for if you report to work and after reporting to work are told there is no work and/or are sent home. In that case, because your employer didn't give you advance notice so that you did not have to come in, but instead had you report to work before telling you there was no work, you have to be paid half your normal hours (or typically 4 hours, for a full-time employee). But if they told you in advance there would be no work or not to come in, then you would not be paid; it's only when you didn't find out in advance and only found out when you got to work that they have to pay you.


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