Iowa Hours Worked




Hours worked

Iowa defines hours worked to include all the time employees are required to be on the employer’s premises or otherwise on duty and are not completely relieved of all duties. It also includes all the time employees are suffered or permitted to work. IA Admin Rules 347-215.3(13) Iowa also looks for guidance from the regulations regarding hours worked set forth under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. IA Admin Rules 347-215.5



Workweek

Iowa’s minimum wage law does not specifically address what constitutes a workweek for purposes of it minimum wage requirements. Iowa does look for guidance from the regulations regarding what constitutes a workweek set forth under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. IA Admin Rules 347-215.5




Waiting time

Iowa minimum wage law does not specifically address when an employer must count employee waiting time as hours worked for purposes of minimum wage and overtime requirements. Iowa does look for guidance from the regulations regarding when waiting time must be paid set forth under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. IA Admin Rules 347-215.5



On-call time

Iowa minimum wage law does not specifically address when an employer must count employee on-call time as hours worked for purposes of minimum wage and overtime requirements. Iowa does look for guidance from the regulations regarding when on-call time must be paid set forth under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. IA Admin Rules 347-215.5



Sleeping time

Iowa minimum wage law does not specifically address when an employer must count employee sleeping time as hours worked for purposes of minimum wage and overtime requirements. Iowa does look for guidance from the regulations regarding when sleeping time must be paid set forth under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. IA Admin Rules 347-215.5



Travel time

An employer does not need to pay employees for travel time when the employees use employer provided transportation to commute to and from the worksite and during which time the employees are not performing any work. Employers cannot require employees to take the transportation, but instead must offer it as a convenience to them that they opt not to take. IA Code 91A.13

Iowa law does not specifically discuss any other situations where an employer must count employee travel time as hours worked for purposes of minimum wage and overtime requirements. Iowa does look for guidance from the regulations regarding compensation for travel time set forth under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. IA Admin Rules 347-215.5



Meeting, lecture, and training time

Iowa minimum wage law does not specifically address when an employer must count time spent by employees at meeting, lectures, or training as hours worked for purposes of minimum wage and overtime requirements. Iowa does look for guidance from the regulations regarding compensation for meeting, lecture, and training time set forth under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. IA Admin Rules 347-215.5



Show up or reporting time

Iowa law does not require employers to pay employees for reporting or showing up to work if no work is performed. An employer is also not required to pay an employee a minimum number of hours if the employer dismisses the employee from work prior to completing their scheduled shift. Employers are only required to pay employees for hours actually worked.