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  • Retirement home Mechanic/building engineer and on call pay Texas

    My husband works for an assisted living community and he is required to be on call. The company he works (place was sold) is telling him and the other person on call that they only pay for the actual time worked period. That means if he's only there for 10 minutes, they only pay him for 10 minutes. That does not begin to compensate for our gas bill when he is called in on average 2 to 10 times a week and sometimes several times in a night due to a/c units breaking down.

    Are they only required to pay him the 'actual time worked' or do they have a minimum of time they are required to pay or do they have to pay him from the time he leaves home until he returns? They don't pay for mileage for on call either so we can not recoup our extreme gas cost.

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    They only need to pay him for time actually worked. Some employers have a voluntary policy of paying a minimum number of hours if a maintenance person is called back into work but no laws require that.

    My suggestion is that your husband speak to his boss and explain the situation - that being paid for a few minutes work when he has to come in off-hours doesn't begin to cover his gasoline costs for all those trips back and forth. Then it's up to the employer to decide if they want to do anything about that.

    Your husband always has the option of finding a job elsewhere with terms and conditions more to his liking.

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      I can understand your concern with the cost of gas but the employer only
      needs to pay for time actually worked. They are doing nothing illegal.

      Your husband might try talking to his employer as suggested by Beth.
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