Paying for all hours worked
You have the responsibility to compensate your employees properly.
You must pay your employees for all hours worked in a workweek. In general, “hours worked” includes all time an employee must be on duty, or at the place of work. Normally, time spent in training, traveling from site to site during the day, and doing repair work must be paid. The Wage and Hour Division (WHD)’s video on paying for hours worked provides more detail.
In general, you must pay your employees at least the Federal minimum wage ($7.25) for all hours worked regardless of whether they are paid by the hour, the day, or at a piece rate. For work performed on or in connection with Federal contracts, you must pay workers a higher minimum wage. Some states have set higher minimum wages. In those states, you must pay your workers at least the state minimum wage.
Questions? We’re here to help.
We are committed to helping you understand your responsibilities as an employer. Many questions about pay may be answered by using the following elaws (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses) Advisors:
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Coverage and Employment Status Advisor
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Hours Worked Advisor
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Overtime Calculator Advisor
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Overtime Security Advisor
For additional assistance, please contact:
- WHD: 1-866-4-US-WAGE (1-866-487-9243)
- Your state Labor Office
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