Can our boss really not pay for all hours worked?

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Can our boss really not pay for all hours worked?

My boss and her assistants have been really hard with us about hours. We were not trained to do billing and when they found out we were doing it wrong, so they started messing with our hours. They threaten us with emails that say if we work more time than what the schedule says, we will not get paid for it. So they want us to clock in and out right on the dot.

Asked on January 23, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, you MUST be paid for all hours worked if you are an hourly employee (and overtime when you work more than 40 hours in a week): that is the law (e.g. the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA). The employer can limit how many hours you work; can require you to stop working the moment your shift ends; can demote you or cut your wages or terminate you if the employer does not like how you do your job--but if you work, you must be paid. If not paid for all hours worked, contact the department of labor about filing a omplaint.


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