Do I get paid for being on “on-call?”
There are many different types of “on call” situations, but the most important consideration in determining whether you should get paid for “on call” time is how much your personal activities are restricted. The more they are restricted, the more likely it is that you have a right to pay. For example, if you just have to wear a beeper, stay sober, and make occasional short phone calls, that would probably not require pay. Similarly, if you are free to shop, dine, go to the movies, etc., with the understanding that these activities could be interrupted, it is likely no wage would be owed for the “on call” time. However, if you must stay within ten minutes of the workplace, cannot perform many personal activities, and must answer numerous work-related phone calls, you probably would have a right to pay.
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