Can my employer make me stay to work after my clock out time and after I have all ready clocked out?

Asked on December 4, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Kentucky


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

In an "at eill" employment relationship (and most work arrangements are), an employer can generally set the terms of employment much as it sees fit (this inlcudeds having an employee stay [art their scheduled shift). 
That having been said, if you work past the end of your shift, performing any kind of business-related duty, you are entitled to be paid for that time. Your employer in trouble if you are not paid for the time.
You may want to consider filing a complaint with your state or federal Department of Labor. Also, to the extent that this extra work puts you past 40 hours for the week and you are a non-exempt employee, you are entitled to overtime pay. If you believe that you are entitled to these additional wages, you should consult directly with an employment attorney. You may be entitled to back pay and other damages.

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