Wage & Hour – Reporting Time Wages by Cal Chamber
- On 13 May 2022
- Posted by Chantal Mariotti
Written by David Leporiere, HR Advisor for Cal Chamber
Reporting Time Wages
Pursuant to Section 5(A) of the California Wage Orders, any time an employee reports to work and is given less than half his or her scheduled hours of work, the employer is obligated to pay the employee for half of those scheduled hours.
In this instance, the employee reported to work in the morning, and as a result, you were obligated to pay him for half of the hours he was scheduled to work that day.
In addition, California Labor Code Section 203 requires all wages to be paid to the employee on the day he or she is terminated by the employer. For each day that the employer is late in paying the employee, the employer is obligated to pay one day’s pay to the employee, up to a maximum of 30 days.
Waiting Time Penalties
At a minimum, the employee would be entitled to waiting time penalties from the day when he was informed of the termination until you paid him the reporting time pay.
To avoid such penalties, be sure to include in the final paycheck the reporting time pay for the day an employee is terminated.
As noted above, any time an employee reports to work on a scheduled workday, the employee is entitled to at least half of the hours he or she was scheduled to work.
The only exceptions to this rule are when the business closes due to an act of God, the loss of public utilities or at the request of public safety officials.
Even if the employee reports to work and is not fit for duty or engages in conduct that results in suspension or termination, that employee must be paid for half of the wages he or she was scheduled to earn that day.
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