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    I work a 12-hour swing shift in the lab of a chemical company. We are now required to sign up on a sheet to be on call for days we may have to cover due to a call off. Our handbook says that we are to be available and ready to work two hours before and two hours after the start of shift. We are paid weekly and recieve overtime for over 12 hours in a day and 40 hours per week.

    Should we be paid for our on-call time, too?

  • #2
    Not enough information. However, a 2-hour response time is not unreasonable. Unless your personal activities are severely restricted by time and location, the on-call time does not need to be paid.
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    • #3
      Being available for 4 hours on a day off means you can't make plans with your family or even have a drink if there's a chance you may be called in.

      What other information can I give you?

      Thanks!

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      • #4
        Sure you can make plans with your family. They just have to be plans where you can respond to the call within two hours. You can go out to dinner. You can go to the movies or the park or the zoo. You can go to church. They call you on your cell phone.

        And not being able to drink has specifically been determined NOT to be unduly restrictive.
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        • #5
          a couple of considerations.

          one day off in seven work rule applies. Short summary: You can not work 7 days a week,(on call does not count for this rule, but called in does). Exceptions apply.

          16 hour max work day applies. You can not work more that 16 hours and if you work 16, you are entitled to 8 hours uninterrupted time off between shifts. Exceptions apply.

          On call times are not required to be paid.
          Last edited by imabiggles; 01-31-2007, 07:53 AM.

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          • #6
            on call

            Pattie, could you direct me to the illinois law, act that on call is covered
            under? Thanks,

            Dan

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            • #7
              That's not it at all. There is none. The law referenced by imbiggles here is the One Day of Rest law. See this thread.
              http://www.laborlawtalk.com/showthread.php?t=188122
              Last edited by Pattymd; 03-28-2008, 07:37 AM.
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