Must we pay for pre-shift talk?

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Q. Last week, we asked a nonexempt employee to come in 30 minutes before her regular start time to talk to her about a complaint that had come to our attention. Do we have to pay her for the time spent in discussions with management?

A. Yes. The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that nonexempt employees be paid for all hours worked. She came in early at your request to discuss a work-related matter, so that is time for which she should be paid.

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