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Minimum shift for hourly worker California

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  • Minimum shift for hourly worker California

    What is the minimum amount of time a worker can be scheduled for on a workday? I've heard 2 hours and I've heard 3 hours. I know there's common sense about gas to drive your car versus money you will make minus childcare, but common sense isn't always a factor, is it? My scheduled hours for two different days next week were cut to two hours and it's costing my more in childcare than it's worth.

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    You can be SCHEDULED for any length of time your employer wants. Five minutes, if that's all the time he wants you for.

    Where the minimums come in is when you are scheduled for one length shift and after you get there, they don't have enough work for you so you're sent home. In that case (and in your state - this is CA law not applicable anywhere else) you get paid for either 1/2 the shift you were scheduled for (with a minimum of two hours and a maximum of four hours) or the time you actually worked, whichever is longer.
    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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