Calculating Work Hours

If you are a non-exempt employee, you should be paid time-and-a-half for every hour worked over 40 in one workweek. However, your employer may not be counting all the hours you were working. Your total hours should reflect the time you spend doing work that benefits your employer.

Employers often overlook certain hours when calculating employees’ hours. The following are some examples of hours that you should be paid that employers may overlook:

  • Work done at home
  • Time you spend waiting for work to do
  • Breaks between 5 and 20 minutes
  • Time you stayed late, even though you were not required to do so
  • Time you spend preparing/cleaning equipment
  • Time you spend in training or safety classes
  • Time you spend putting on your uniform or protective gear
  • Time you spend traveling for your employer
  • Time you spend receiving medical treatment at your place of business
  • Time you spend in dispute resolution meetings with your employer
  • Time you spend on charitable work at the request of your employer