Bellingham, WA asked in Employment Law for Washington

Q: Can a employer require you to on site for a specified time but only pay when are doing a specified task?

As a ski instructor I am required to be on site for the day but am only paid for the time I have a class.. Possible to be there all day and not get a class and receive no wage.... No pay at all for time between classes... Is this legal?

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Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert

A: Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employees must be paid for all time spent performing compensable work. This includes "on-call" time, where employees are not actively performing work for the employer but where their freedom to perform other activities is restrained. If you are required to remain on your employer's premises while on call, such that you can't use this time effectively for your own purposes, you generally must be paid, so your time spent on-site is likely compensable.

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