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  • Not being allowed to clock in Illinois

    Just a quick question. My wife works for a company that regularly tells employees, once they arrive for their scheduled shift, that they are not needed, to wait for an hour or two, then they can clock in. Or they will tell an employee to take a longer lunch. Is this legal in Illinois? The company I work for has a policy that states the employee must receive 1/2 pay if alternative work is not found. Thank you.

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    Both are legal. The issue is, whether or not the time is compensable, at least in the first scenario. When they are told to "wait an hour or two" can they leave the premises, go get breakfast and come back? Or is it "wait and we'll come get you when you can clock in and go to work." BTW, there is no minimum "reporting pay" in Illinois.

    "Take a long lunch" requires no additional pay, ever.
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