Can an employer have you clock out to wait for bad weather to pass to continue work after?

Clocked out for a storm to pass to potentially
start work again if it clears up. Do they need to
pay us for our time we’re on site ready to work
even if conditions are not suitable for work?

Asked on May 16, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Minnesota


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

IF you are required to stay  on site, they have to pay you: being restricted to a location for the employer's benefit or at their direction is still legally "work," even if you are not doing anything useful or productive. If you were free to go, then they did not need to pay you until they called you back in--even if you voluntarily chose to stay on site. It is being required to do something  by your employer which makes it work.

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