Portland, ME asked in Employment Law for Maine

Q: I am a full time hourly employee in Maine. Am I guaranteed a certain # of hours per week?

A mechanical issue reduced the need for employees and I was sent home. Losing a days pay.

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A: The Fair Labor Standards Act does not require that employers give their employees a minimum number of hours to work; it only requires that employees be paid at least minimum wage for each hour worked. If you were sent home (and thus did not perform work) during this mechanical issue, there is no violation here.

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