Determine if an Employee Must Be Paid for Time Spent on Call

Key Points

  • An employee must be paid for time spent on call if the employee is required to remain on the employer's premises.
  • An employee who is merely required to inform his or her employer of where he or she may be reached does not need to be paid for time spent on call.
  • Determining whether an employee who falls between these two poles must be compensated for on-call time depends on several circumstances, including geographical restrictions placed on the employee's movements, the number of times the employee is expected to return to work per shift, the proportion of calls to which the employee must respond and the required response time.

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