Show-Up Time / Reporting Time

Editor's Note: In some states, employees must be paid just for showing up for work.

Michael CardmanOverview: Sometimes, employees show up at work as scheduled but are sent home before they can perform any work. This is usually referred to as "show-up time" or "reporting time."

For example, consider a warehouse worker who arrives for work at 8:00 a.m., as instructed. However, the warehouse sends her home because the truck she was supposed to help unload would not arrive until the next day due to a breakdown.

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require employers to pay employees for this time. However, some states have laws and regulations requiring that employees be paid a certain amount if they report for duty but are not provided a full shift's worth of work.

Trends: Some employment contracts and collective bargaining agreements also require payment for show-up time / reporting time.

Author: Michael Cardman, Legal Editor

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HR guidance on complying with state show-up time / reporting time laws.

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