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What are the rules for “reporting time pay” in California?

Any Time an Employee is Required to Show Up to Work Should Be Considered Paid Time

Under California Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) Orders, employers must pay employees for unworked (but regularly scheduled) time, also known as reporting time. Simply put, any time an employee is required to show up to work should be considered paid time, even if he is not given a sufficient amount of work to cover all hours.

Under the rules of reporting-time pay in California, if an employee is required to report to work, but performs less than half of his or her usual workload, the employee must be paid for at least half of the scheduled day’s work at his or her normal pay rate. In addition, employees cannot be paid for less than two hours on a day of reporting, regardless of the time worked.

However, employers are not required to compensate employees for reporting time under the following exceptions:

  • If work operations are interrupted by threats to employees or property.
  • If civil authorities recommend that work be suspended.
  • If public utility services are interrupted, shutting off electricity, water, gas, or sewer service in the workplace.
  • When work is interrupted due to an act of God, such an earthquake or other natural disasters.
  • If the employee has reported but is not fit to work.
  • If the employee reported to work later than his scheduled time and was fired or sent home as a disciplinary action.
  • If the employee is compensated on paid standby status.
  • If the employee’s regularly scheduled shift is less than two hours.

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