Paying an employee while they get their Physical Therapy Appointments during work hours

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Paying an employee while they get their Physical Therapy Appointments during work hours

Our employee has a work related injury. He is allowed to work with modified duties for our company. He schedules his PT appointments during work hours. Are we legally required to pay him for this time he attends appointments during work hours And if he has an appointment in the morning and can return to work for a half day and does not do so, are we legally required to pay him for the full day

Asked on January 9, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

If he is salaried, if he works at all during the day, he is paid for the day. If he is hourly, you only need to pay him for the actual hours worked--and not for his time at physical therapy appointments (or the doctor, or otherwise not working for any reason). Hourly employees are not paid for the time spent on their medical care. Also, there is no law requiring that appointments for work-related injuries be during work hours, so he could schedule it otherwise.

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