The United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently released a press release detailing how it recovered more than $77,000.00 in back wages for employees that were not properly paid for “on-call” work hours. Specifically, the WHD found that 21 emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in Worthington, Minnesota were required to be on-call while at home and had to be ready to report to their ambulances within six minutes during such on-call periods. The EMTs were not properly compensated for their “on call” work hours which caused them to work over 40 hours within a single workweek. Thus, the EMTs were wrongfully denied overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The on-call hours in this particular case were compensable, the WHD held, because of the particularly restrictive on-call conditions that the EMTs were subject.
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