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Can your employer force you to stay on premises if you are off the clock? Michigan

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  • Can your employer force you to stay on premises if you are off the clock? Michigan

    I have been told by my employer that I must punch out for a half hour break any time I work more than 5 hours, but if I am the only manager in the store I am not allowed to leave the store. Can an employer force you to stay in the store even if you are off the clock?

  • #2
    Yes, but if you actually work, and are non-exempt, you must be paid for the time you spend working.
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    • #3
      And if you are Exempt (and Salaried), then hours worked (including lunch) are legally meaningless, since Exempt Salaried employees are not paid based on hours worked.
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      • #4
        You can be required to stay in the store but if you are non-exempt, you must be paid for all time worked. If you do not work during that time & are non-exempt, you do not
        have to be paid.

        As DAW said, salaried exempt employees are not paid for the # of hrs. they work so you
        would just get your regular fixed weekly salary whether you do any work or not during
        that half hr.
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