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    frankderosa Posts: 2, Reputation: 1
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    Nov 9, 2009, 08:22 AM
    Can my employer require unpaid work for an hourly employee?
    My employer has set up a system where we work on projects and each of these has a specific budget. When the budget runs out, we stop getting paid to work on that project. We often find ways around this so it isn't always a problem, but last week I was directed to complete several projects with no remaining budget.

    I am an hourly employee, and so I am paid for the time I log on these projects. Last week, I logged 34 hours of work, but I will be paid for 17 of it because that's all the budget there is on those projects.

    One of my co-workers is also in the same situation. We would both appreciate any assistance you can offer - we need our jobs, but we'd really like to be able to tell our boss, definitively, that he can't require us to work these hours without some compensation.

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    julietmarie Posts: 14, Reputation: 3
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    Nov 15, 2009, 01:15 PM

    NO. If you are in the USA and an hourly employee (timecard) you can not work and not be paid for it.
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    frankderosa Posts: 2, Reputation: 1
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    Nov 16, 2009, 02:49 AM
    That's me, USA and I track hours. Thanks! You wouldn't know if any particular part of the law applies here, would you?

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