Oscoda, MI asked in Employment Law for Michigan

Q: My employer askes me to start early to get my work station set up and be ready for the day. I don't get paid for that

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Ways to resolve: 1) speak to your employer about this concern, letting them know how long it would take you to be ready for the day. 2) Failing that, consider whether an extra 10 minutes a day is worth losing out on a job.

I think you have a legitimate concern, don't get me wrong. I think it's less so, though, if we're talking 10 minutes versus a half hour. I don't think it's unreasonable for an employer to expect employees to be ready, willing, and able to perform job functions at the scheduled start time if that means arriving 10 minutes or so early; I also think you should be compensated for that time if preparation requires more time and prep than simply being physically present.

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