Is it legal for an employer to require an employee to make a 30 minute phone call from home without paying the employee for their time?

Asked on February 15, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, New Jersey


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If the employee was hourly, then he/she must be paid for the time (and overtime, if applicable--i.e. if he/she worked more than 40 hours in a workweek): work from home is still work, and phone calls are still work.
If the employee was salaried and took or made a call after normal hours, on a holiday or weekend, then no, the employee is not owed any additional pay: the salary covers all work, during, before, or after hours, at the workplace or from home.

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