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    My husband works at a facility where he takes phone calls. Logging into the computer system is how they clock in for work. If he's not logged into the computer, he does not get paid. My question is: Is it legal for the company to force an employee to log off when their phone call volume is low? They are still expected to stay at work till the end of their shift, and they are not given a time when they can log back on. In effect, it looks like they're on a break, but the break could last anywhere from 30 minutes to hours. The employees are not doing any work at that time, but can the company force them to stay on the premises without paying them for hours at a time?

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    No, that is "engaged to be waiting", for which they must be paid. He can file a claim for unpaid wages with the state Dept. of Labor.
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