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Is it legal to pay just a partial day’s pay for employees who work less than a full shift?

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Q. We scheduled an hourly employee to work a full day, but he worked only part of the day because we didn’t have enough for him to do. With the slowdown in our business, we expect this will be happening with this and other employees more frequently. Do we have to pay hourly employees for a full day of work or just the actual number of hours worked?

A.  No, you are not required to pay nonexempt employees for a full day of work when they work only a partial day. The Fair Labor Standards Act doesn’t require employers to pay hourly employees for hours they do not work. Arranging employee hours to save on labor costs or avoid overtime compensation is a common practice. 

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