If I’m on a job out of state, and stuck in a hotel, can’t work because I’m waiting for material to arrive, is my employer required to pay me?

I work for a company in Virginia, and this happens all the
time. Right now I am in Ohio. I am finished installing
fiberglass paneling, and I am waiting for stainless steel to
arrive so I can complete the job. So I’m stuck here in a
hotel, can’t work, can’t go home to my family. Is my
employer required by law to pay me? Thanks in advance.

Asked on July 16, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Maryland


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

They have to pay you for all the time you are on the job--which includes waiting for materials--during the normal work week (e.g. M-F 9-5), the same as if you were waiting around the office or shop for a delivery. They do not need to pay you for time outside normal work hours (e.g. weekends, evenings), just as they would not pay you for that time at home. If they don't pay you for time that they should, you can try filing a wage and hour complaint with your state department of labor, and/or file a lawsuit for unpaid wages.

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