|- FLSA Hours Worked Advisor|
On Duty Waiting Time
When you are already on duty, but waiting for work to do, for repairs to be made, etc. you are engaged to wait and the time is hours worked.
The rule is the same for employees who work away from their employers premises.
In each of these situations, the employee is engaged to wait and the time is hours worked. Waiting is an essential part of the job.
The time is hours worked even though you are allowed to leave the premises or the job site during such periods of inactivity. The period during which the inactivity occurs is unpredictable and is usually of short duration. In either event, you are unable to use the time effectively for your own purposes. The time belongs to and is controlled by your employer.
For more information, please contact your local Wage and Hour District Office.