Do I have to pay my employee?



Do I Have to Pay my Employee?

The obvious answer is YES.  The basic rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) is that employers must pay employees for “all hours worked,” which generally includes all the time an employee is required to be on-duty or on the employer’s premises or at a prescribed worksite, and all the time the employee is permitted to work for any employer. However, there are certain situations that frequently leave employers questioning whether or not they have to pay their employees for this time.

The below information pertains to how the FLSA treats these situations.  Employers must also ensure they are in compliance with state wage and hour laws, which may differ from the federal laws under the FLSA.  Wage and hour law can be very tricky and varies drastically depending on the circumstances of the employer’s field and employee’s job.

REMEMBER:  this information sheet is meant to be used as a guide.  If you have a legal question or issue relating to employment law, contact David Kalteux at FordHarrison at (813) 261-7848 or

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