Pay for waiting to clock in

My teenage daughter works in a food establishment and is required to be at work on time, however, if business is slow the manager doesn't have her clock in. Basically, she waits at work until they need her. Shouldn't she be paid during this time? In addition, if you are required to come in for a meeting don't you get paid for that time? It is easy for employers to take advantage of teenagers because they are not aware of the laws.

1 answer  |  asked Aug 18, 2005 10:08 AM [EST]  |  applies to Texas

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Margaret A. Harris
Employees' Right to be Paid

You are correct. You can contact the Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division, to make a complaint.
If your daughter wants to try to handle it less formally, advise her to write a short, polite note to the manager stating that she believes she is entitled to be paid for the time that the employer requires her to be at work based on a little homework that she's done. Tell her to ask the manager to clarify why she should not be paid for that time. Keep a copy of that note (in case the manager later claims that s/he "lost" it).
Good for you for teaching your daughter about her rights and about standing up for those rights!
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posted by Margaret A. Harris  |  Aug 18, 2005 4:37 PM [EST]

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