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If you are an hourly employee, do you charge your company overtime if you have to be on call?

For example, last Friday I had to log in from home and do about 15 minutes of work spread between 8-12pm. But it meant I couldn't leave the house because I had to keep checking for emails so I could do this one thing. Normally my boss handles it but she was out of town.

I happened to be watching TV so I didn't mind too much, but at the same time I feel like I should charge them something since I wasn't free. What do you think would be fair?
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[User Picture]From: gabardinedreams
2013-01-29 12:07 am (UTC)

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I've never had a job that ever required me to be on call but if anyone was ever called in for work they'd get paid 4 hours call-out, which is law here (you have to be paid a minimum # of hours, even if you only work an hour or whatever). But that also involved driving into work, not sure about working from home.
& I have a friend in the army who sometimes is "on duty" or some shit in case the russians attack or something and he gets paid extra since he has to stay sober for a week and not go far.
In conclusion, I am no help haha. but I do think you should charge SOMETHING just not sure what's reasonable.
[User Picture]From: zanegief
2013-01-29 12:21 am (UTC)

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It really depends on what kind of contract you have with your employer. With one of my old employers you could be on call for 14 hours and then still work a 14 hour shift no matter when they used you. At my current company I'm responsible for emails and responses 24/7 with no extra compensation. I'd say give yourself 30 or so minutes and more if you have to do it in the future.
[User Picture]From: noodledays
2013-01-29 12:31 am (UTC)

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I've never encountered an hourly job where employees can set their own rate for on-call pay. ime that's usually been laid out ahead of time.
[User Picture]From: semi_sweet
2013-01-29 12:44 am (UTC)

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I can work overtime when I need to, I just need to report it on my timecard. I just think 4 hours is overkill, but not sure what is reasonable here since I wasn't working the whole time.

We were just acquired by a new parent company last year so there isn't much precedent for this sort of thing or many policies, really. And I think people like it this way, because there is more flexibility as long as no one abuses it.



Edited at 2013-01-29 12:45 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: noodledays
2013-01-29 01:01 am (UTC)

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I think I sort of understand, but most jobs that pay overtime ime have also had that rate pre-set.
[User Picture]From: semi_sweet
2013-01-29 01:23 am (UTC)

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Sorry, you are correct, overtime is 1.5 hours my normal pay rate, I just need to figure how many hours of overtime to report.
[User Picture]From: nynaeve_sedai
2013-01-29 12:32 am (UTC)

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It was drilled into me at my last job that I was to be paid for any work done for the company. As part of our training we were sent to corporate and had homework. We were paid for our homework time (I think up to an hour?). At the job they wouldn't let us take any work home - no training, nothing, because they were legally obligated to pay us.

So in my head, unless there's an agreement or something off the wall, absolutely you should get paid. Your boss is salary for a reason LOL.
[User Picture]From: fleckerbug
2013-01-29 01:03 am (UTC)

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Regular rate, plus overtime if it qualifies for overtime in your state. All jobs have their slow points; you still get paid.
[User Picture]From: mikehz
2013-01-29 01:04 am (UTC)

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I work hourly, on call, but don't get any extra pay for that status. Probably because it's only part-time, a couple days a week. Average.
[User Picture]From: noachoc
2013-01-29 01:14 am (UTC)

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This probably doesn't apply, but when I do overnight babysitting and the children and I are asleep but I still have to be there just in case, I charge half for the hours when I'm sleeping, but still on call.
[User Picture]From: molkat
2013-01-29 01:21 am (UTC)

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With our company you'd receive your normal rate of pay for the 15 minutes of work, but for the 3.75hours where you are on call but not actively working you're paid at a much lower rate to compensate for the inconvenience of having to wait around. Overtime only comes into play if the time of actual work (not the whole time of being on call) puts you over 40/week, then you are paid time and a half.
[User Picture]From: hikerpoet
2013-01-29 01:41 am (UTC)

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Honestly, for me, it would depend on how frequently or disruptive it was. If it was a one-off or something that only happens quarterly or so, I wouldn't mind taking one for the team and doing that extra favor for extra special situations. If it is happening nearly weekly, on one of my two-days off? I'm talking to them about it/being compenated.
[User Picture]From: suzermagoozer
2013-01-29 01:43 am (UTC)

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i would absolutely charge for that.
but they should let you know their expectations up front.

if you are salaried, that'd be included...but you are hourly...so charging is fair and legal.
[User Picture]From: due27south
2013-01-29 03:23 am (UTC)

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When I'm on-call our contract states that I get paid 2 hours to come in, even if it only takes me 20 minutes. But that's only if I actually do have to come in. You should see what your contract is like, otherwise I don't think checking email is really "on-call."
[User Picture]From: jaelle_n_gilla
2013-01-29 12:29 pm (UTC)

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Usually for hourly/freelance contractors it's in the contract somehow. If that's a regular. you should maybe charge half your hourly rate for being on call and full if you actually work during that time.

I don't really do "on call" that much. I call Fridays "homeoffice" and I'm usually at home then, but not always working full time. I only charge them for the time I actually work. But then, I also go shopping when I feel like it, so it's not really on call.