The U.S. federal government came up with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which ensures all employees working in the United States are entitled to be paid for all the time they spend working. This means hourly employees are paid for all time spent working for their employer and are paid one and a half times their normal hourly rate for all time spent working after eight hours a day or forty hours a week.
In addition to the FLSA, each state has their own labor laws to govern the employees working within the state. The have their own limits on everything from minimum wage to mandated breaks.
Employers in California have recently been dealing with a rash of lawsuits concerning employees forced to stay on their employer’s premises after they have clocked out for the day. Whether this is due to bag checks or managers locking them in, it constitutes significant unpaid time for the employees. Continue reading