Is it legal for an employer to require me to arrive 15 minutes before my shift and not pay me? Also if I don’t arrive 15 minutes early is it legal to dock me 15 minutes?

My shift starts at 8 am but I am required by my
employer to arrive 15 minutes early without
being paid. If I don’t arrive 15 minutes early I
get docked 15 minutes and get paid at 815

Asked on September 20, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, New Jersey


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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, this is not legal. A worker is to be paid for all time that they are required to be on-site by their employer. This is true whether or not they are actively engaged in their work duties. At this point, you can file a wage claim with your state's department of labor and/or consult directly with a local employment law attorney.

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