I am a surgical nurse in California that must take call/stand by every week and some weekends. i get paid for that, while at home waiting to be called in.
Our housekeeper at work was just told she must take call every other weekend to serve our department, should we have surgeries. She must be available for the entire 48hours of each weekend and is not getting any pay for that. She does get paid for two full hours if she gets called in to clean up after our surgeries.
My question is if it is legal to require a person to be "on call" at home, without compensation? As a nurse, I certainly do. She is being asked to carry a pager for an entire weekend to be at our disposal to clean our OR rooms after any surgery. Is there a law that states she must be paid while on call?
Thanks for any info.