Sylmar, CA asked in Employment Law for California

Q: my boss requires me to pick up material prior to my shift at 8am shouldn’t I be compensated for my time? Is this a law?

My shift starts at 8 but I need to be getting material an hour or half hour before. My hat I am u able to claim that hour I Tyler material on my time sheet. The company states that I don’t have to be paid it’s my responsibility. Is this true

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1 Lawyer Answer
Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
  • Westminster, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: If you are an hourly-paid employee you must be paid for all the time you spend doing activities for the employer. Generally employees are not required to be paid for commuting to and from the regular place of business. However, if you are required to make a detour to carry out a job function, you should be paid for the additional time you must take to attend to the job function. In addition, you should be reimbursed for the expenses you incur in using your own transportation to carry out the additional job function.

Good luck to you.

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