Hours Worked - Conclusions

The main things to remember about keeping track of hours worked are the following:

  1. employees must be paid for all time that they are at the disposal of an employer;

  2. employees do not have to be paid for time they can use effectively for their own purposes;

  3. if employees work too much time, or work without authorization, they still have to be paid for the time, but the employer can handle it as a performance or disciplinary matter.

Employers may also receive help on these issues by calling the legal staff at the toll-free number for the TWC Employer Commissioner's office: 1-800-832-9394. Finally, the website for the U.S. Department of Labor offers the full text of the FLSA and the accompanying regulations at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd.

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