Missouri Hours Worked




Hours worked

Missouri law requires employer to compensate employees for all hours worked for purposes of its minimum wage requirements; however, it does not define what constitutes hours worked. Because most employers in Missouri are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the standards regarding hours worked set forth in that law may provide reasonable guidance.



Workweek

Missouri law defines a workweek as the seven (7)-day period relied on by the employer to determine an employee’s hourly earnings. Although an employer may change when a workweek begin, it may not do so to evade overtime requirements. MO Regs. 8:30-4.020




Waiting time

Missouri’s law does not address when an employer must count employee waiting time as hours worked for purposes of it minimum wage and overtime requirements. Because most employers in Missouri are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the standards regarding waiting time set forth in that law may provide reasonable guidance.



On-call time

Missouri’s law does not address when an employer must count employee on-call time as hours worked for purposes of it minimum wage and overtime requirements. Because most employers in Missouri are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the standards regarding on-call time set forth in that law may provide reasonable guidance.



Sleeping time

Missouri’s law does not address when an employer must count employee sleeping time as hours worked for purposes of it minimum wage and overtime requirements. Because most employers in Missouri are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the standards regarding sleeping time set forth in that law may provide reasonable guidance.



Travel time

Missouri’s law does not specifically address when an employer must count travel time as hours worked for purposes of its minimum wage and overtime requirements. Missouri’s Division of Labor Standards has indicated that an employee’s time commuting time to and from work does not typically need to be counted as hours worked. On the other hand, traveling during normal work hours as part of the job should be counted as hours worked and should be compensated. MO Div. of Labor Standards: Quick Guide Because most employers in Missouri are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the standards regarding travel time set forth in that law may provide additional guidance.



Meeting, lecture, and training time

Missouri’s law does not address when an employer must count time spent by employees at meetings, lectures, and training as hours worked for purposes of it minimum wage and overtime requirements. Because most employers in Missouri are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the standards regarding meeting, lecture, and training time set forth in that law provide reasonable guidance.



Show up or reporting time

Missouri 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.