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    We work for a public school and received a call at 5 in the a.m. stating that school was to be delayed in opening of 2 hours. Since we prepare the lunches, we must go in at our regular time (no delay) to prepare the meals. After we arrived at work and starting working, we received word that they decided to call school off because of the weather. Since we showed up to work after the first call, shouldn't we be compensated for that??

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    What state? And do you have a union contract that address this point?
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      You will need to be paid for any time worked (and you did say you had started working before being sent home). There is no way the employer can avoid that.

      A very few states have minimum times that an employee must be paid if they show up for work and are sent home because of a lack of work or business closure.

      Company policies often exceed legal requirements and it could be a policy of the school (or other business) to pay something for you showing up. My folks get two hours if they show up and are immediately sent home or four hours if they work at all.
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        per OP's previous thread of 2-07 she is a food service worker at a public school in Ma. (no union but has a contract)

        I agree with ScottB that OP needs to be paid for any (all) time worked. Ma. does have a 3 hr. rule - have to pay for at least 3 hrs. if was required to go into work & then sent home before worked 3 hrs. However, my understanding is it doesn't apply to schools.
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