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  • On the schedule but can't punch in? Pennsylvania

    Hello,
    I work in a restaurant as a part time line cook in Pennsylvania. It is common for my employer to schedule me for 8 hour shifts but when we aren't busy, I am usually asked to either not punch in at all and go home, or work for two or three hours then be told to go home. Is PA a state in which the employer must pay me at least 4 hours? I have also heard that unless they get ahold of me before I leave home, they must allow me to work my schedules shift. Any replies would be appreciated.

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    Is PA a state in which the employer must pay me at least 4 hours?

    No, PA is not one of the very few states with a reporting time law. (Also, even in those states that do, it is not always 4 hours.)

    I have also heard that unless they get ahold of me before I leave home, they must allow me to work my schedules shift.

    There is no such law in any state.
    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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