Pennsylvania – Hours Worked



Hours worked

Pennsylvania minimum wage laws require employers to compensate employees for all hours worked. It defines hours worked as time employers require employees to be on its premises, to be on duty, or to be at a prescribed work place. It also includes time employees are employed or permitted to work. PA Admin. Code 231.1(b)


Workweek

Pennsylvania minimum wage laws define a workweek as a period of seven (7) consecutive days which may start on any day designated by the employer. PA Admin. Code 34-231.1.


Waiting time

Pennsylvania minimum wages laws do not specifically address when an employer must count employee waiting time as hours worked for purposes of its minimum wage and overtime requirements; however, employers are required to pay employees when they are on-duty which would include on-duty waiting time. PA Admin. Code 34-231.1(b) Because most employers and employees in Pennsylvania are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the standards set forth by that law related to waiting time may provide reasonable guidance.


On-call time

Pennsylvania minimum wages laws do not specifically address when an employer must count employee on-call time as hours worked for purposes of its minimum wage and overtime requirements. Because most employers and employees in Pennsylvania are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the standards set forth by that law related to on-call time may provide reasonable guidance. See also PA Dept. of Labor: Wage and Hour FAQs


Sleeping time

Pennsylvania minimum wages laws do not address when an employer must count employee sleeping time as hours worked for purposes of its minimum wage and overtime requirements. Because most employers and employees in Pennsylvania are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the standards set forth by that law related to sleeping time may provide reasonable guidance.


Travel time

Pennsylvania minimum wage laws require employers to count employee travel time as hours worked for purposes of its minimum wage and overtime requirements if employees travel as part of their normal duties during normal working hours. PA Admin. Code 34-231.1(b)


Meeting, lecture, and training time

Pennsylvania minimum wage laws do not address when an employer must count time spent by employees at meetings, lectures, and training hours worked for purposes of its minimum wage and overtime requirements. Because most employers and employees in Pennsylvania are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the standards set forth by that law related to meeting, lecture, and training time may provide reasonable guidance.


Show up or reporting time

Pennsylvania minimum wage laws do 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.


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