On-call? But Sometimes You’re Left Just Holding the Phone?

Last week’s discussion was about using your phone at work. This week is about being “on-call” – where you might have to use that phone to call in to see about work that day.

There are at least two kinds of “on-call” status.

The obvious one is where you might be called at any time, over a week-end say. You’re able to see to a movie, attend church, go dancing, something personal. But during that time, you have to be available within a certain period of time to start working. If you’re called and have to be at a job location or working within a short period of time, less than a half hour, say, you might be owed wages.

The second is where you might be called into work each day at a certain time, and you have to call in to find out. You have to set aside that time, making your life and monthly pay unpredictable. You have to be ready to go to work that day at that time, unless your boss tells you otherwise.

Are you working under either of those scenarios?

Have you been doing so for a while? Maybe you’re owed back wages for those on-call duty days, and should get legal help to find out. We’d be glad to hear from you.

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