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  • Minimum Time Paid - Missouri

    Is there a minimum amount of time employers are legally required to pay an employee if they clock in?

    For instance, if an employee were required to come in and work for 15 minutes, then go home. Does the employee get paid for only 15 minutes or is the employer required to pay a minimum time (like 2 hours)?

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    Missouri is not one of the very few states with a minimum shift or reporting pay law. If an employee clocks in and works 15 minutes before being sent home, they get paid for 15 minutes.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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      Originally posted by cbg View Post
      Missouri is not one of the very few states with a minimum shift or reporting pay law. If an employee clocks in and works 15 minutes before being sent home, they get paid for 15 minutes.
      True, true. Now if you were sent home because you did something wrong, I have no sympathy. However, if you commuted 30 minutes to work, worked for 15 minutes and were sent home on that 30 minute drive again, for any reason but misconduct, you should be a little upset. The company should have a policy to pay you extra for that (we pay two hours if you do no work, four if you do any).

      If the company won't step up to the plate and do the right thing, you can unionize and/or you can lobby your state legislature (you could try your federal reps, too, but I don't see that has having much chance, even if a Democrat is elected to the White House).

      Seriously, contact your state senator and representative. Tell them about this problem and how often it happens. Lay out your transportation costs versus your pay for the minimal work. If the problem is rare, don't expect them to be excited, but, if it is a routine event, they might take interest, particularly if you can bring in others who have had the same problem.
      Senior Professional in Human Resources and Certified Staffing Professional with over 30 years experience. Any advice provided is based upon experience and education, but does not constitute legal advice.

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