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Do Employees Sent Home Early for Lack of Work Get Paid?

SITUATION

Mack Donald, the manager of a fast-food restaurant, is expecting a very busy lunch period. So he’s asked 5 employees to come in and put in a 4-hour shift during the lunch period. But you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men. That day it snows heavily. Most people stay home. The roads are empty and the restaurant is without customers. The 5 employees stand by their burger machines and fryers with nothing to do. After a half hour, Mack realizes that the expected lunch crowd isn’t coming. So he tells 2 of the employees to go home. Both employees earn minimum wage.

QUESTION

How much pay are the 2 employees sent home early entitled to receive for the day?

A) Wages for the half-hour they actually worked.
B) Wages for one hour since employees can’t be paid in half-hour shifts.
C) The “call-in” pay guaranteed to employees under the ESA law.
D) Wages for the entire 4-hour shift they were scheduled to work.

ANSWER

C. The employees get the call-in amount un...

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