When employees arrive and prepare their workstations for the day ahead, does that count as compensable time? Yes, as one employer found out the hard way last month. Humana must pay more than $1 million total to at least 2,500 call-center employees. The Labor Department said Humana failed to compensate employees for time spent powering up their computers, linking to the network and accessing necessary programs to perform their duties. Because those employees aren't able to do their jobs without first performing such start-up duties, the time is considered "work" time.