Does an employer have to pay an employee who shows up to work early?

Author: Jessica Sussman

If the employer sends the employee home, then the employee does not have to be paid for his or her time under the Fair Labor Standards Act. However, some states require that employees be paid when they report for work at the request of their employers, even if there is no work available.

If the employer does not send the employee home and allows the employee to start working, then that time counts as hours worked.