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paying an hourly employee a minimum for calling him into work

Is there “special” or “minimum” compensation for calling an hourly paid employee to come in on a scheduled day off?

No. This is a matter of company policy, not federal or state law. Some companies do pay hourly workers a minimum when they are called in to work on a day off– usually 2 hours or 4 hours. However, there is no law that they must.

Both federal and state minimum wage laws require that employees be paid for all the time they work. Period. There is no requirement that employees who work 1 hour be paid more, or for that matter, that an employee who works for 15 minutes be paid for more.

An exempt employee would be entitled to his or her full daily salary, if the employee works even a few minutes.

(A few states have laws related to minimum pay when an employee is sent home early on a scheduled shift — but that is an entirely different scenario.)

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