In this case, on-call employees were required to call Tilly’s two hours before the start of their on-call shifts to see if they were needed that day. Plaintiff contended that calling his employer constituted “reporting for work” and that she and other similarly situated employees should be paid for that time. The employer disagreed, arguing that employees “report for work” only by physically appearing at the work site. The Court agreed with Plaintiff and held that since “on-call shifts burden employees, who cannot take other jobs, go to school, or make social plans during on-call shifts,” the employee must compensate for that time.
Employer Takeaway: Employers should review their “on-call” and “call in” scheduling policies and practices.
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