Hours Worked: Federal
Author: Cheryl D. Orr, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
- Employees must be paid for all the time controlled or required by an employer and pursued for the employer's benefit. See Basic Principles.
- Employees do not have to be paid for time spent on certain break periods, as long as certain conditions are met. See Break Periods.
- Employees may not have to be paid for time spent waiting or on call, depending on the circumstances. See Waiting Time and On-Call Time.
- There are several other situations in which questions of hours worked may arise. See Travel Time; Training, Lectures and Meetings; Sleeping; Preliminary and Postliminary Activities and Other Issues.
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