Employers must pay workers for “all time during which an employee is required to be on the employer’s premises, or to be on duty, or to be at the prescribed worksite.” 455 C.M.R. § 2.01. Employers frequently violate this legal duty in a number of ways:
- Failing to pay workers for time spent putting on or taking off uniforms and equipment;
- Failing to pay workers for time spent waiting in security lines;
- Failing to pay workers for time spent while “on call” when the workers are not free to effectively use their time for their own purposes;
- Failing to pay workers for time spent working through meal breaks (or when workers are required to remain at the work site for meal breaks);
- Rounding off time cards;
- Travel during the workday or between work sites.
Employers who fail to pay workers for all wages owed can be liable for three times the amount of the unpaid wages plus attorney’s fees. If you believe that your employer has failed to compensate you for all hours worked, contact our Massachusetts wage and hour attorneys.