Long Beach Unpaid Reporting Time Attorneys
Reporting time pay is a lessor known type of unpaid wages. Employees are often unaware of their rights to be compensated for showing up for work and then being sent home early without compensation. The reporting time pay premium, as discussed below, was designed to discourage employers from having employees report to work unless there is work available at the time of the reporting, and to reimburse employees for expenses incurred in such situations.
A restaurant manager schedules a server to work from 10-6. Or, the server usually works from 10-6. The server blocks off that time in his/her schedule. The server arranges for childcare, told his/her other employer that he/she was not available during that time and, in general, organized his/her life around the commitment to work those hours. But when the server arrives at the work site, his/her boss said that she/he wasn't needed after all; told the server to go on home after an hour of work, and only paid the employee for an hour of work. This unlawful employment practice is known as "unpaid reporting time."
How often has this type of injustice and inconvenience taken place at an employee’s place of work? Contact a class action employment law attorney at the law offices of Westrup Klick, LLP, in Long Beach, if you believe that you have a claim against your employer for failing to pay wages due for required reporting time.
According to California employment laws, each workday an employee is required to report for work and does report, but is not put to work (i.e., sent home early) or is given less than half of the employee’s "usual" or "scheduled" day’s work, the employee shall be paid at his/her regular rate of pay (but no less than the minimum wage) for half the usual or scheduled day’s work, but in no event for less than 2 hours nor more than 4 hours.
Employers Seek to Justify Unlawful Failure to Pay for Reporting Time
Granted, employers sometimes have unexpected drops in demand for goods or services that employees provide. Business may be slow at a retail store or restaurant. Materials needed to manufacture goods may arrive late. It may also be the case that a particular supervisor just doesn't like an employee, so she or he asks the employee to leave early so as to avoid unpleasantness.
The law stipulates that employers must pay employees for at least half of their usual or scheduled day’s work even if a supervisor tells them to go home due to lack of work or demand. This is subject to certain exceptions, which we can discuss with you.
We Bring Class Actions to Protect Employees' Rights
Westrup Klick, LLP, lawyers are dedicated to bringing class action lawsuits on behalf of groups of employees and consumers who have been systematically wronged at work or in the marketplace. If you believe that you have a claim against your employer for failing to pay employees for half of the employee’s usual or scheduled day’s work when they required the employees to report for work and then sent them home early, contact us. Do not allow the practice of unpaid reporting time to go unnoticed.