Pay for Show Up Time
Sometimes when you arrive for work, at the time your employer directed you to be there, you are sent home before you perform any work. The FLSA does not require an employer to consider any of this time as hours worked or to give you show-up pay. For example, an employee of a roofing company arrives for work at 8:00 a.m., as he or she was told to do. The employer tells him or her that they will not be working that day because it is too cold. The employee is sent home. Since the employee did not perform any work, the FLSA would not require the employer to consider any of the time as hours worked or to give the employee show-up pay. It is possible, however, that state law may differ. For example, under the Illinois Day and Temporary Labor Services Act, temporary staffing employees employed in the State of Illinois must be paid, with some exceptions, a minimum of of four of show-up time.