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Does My Employer Have to Pay Me for Opening or Closing?


California Laws Require Employers To Pay Employees For All Time That They Work

If you spend time at work performing duties that start or end your employer’s business activities for the day, you must be paid for your time. In other words, California law says you’re on the clock as soon as you begin and until you leave.

This issue, however, wasn’t settled until a 2018 California Supreme Court ruling. In short, it decided that California’s laws require employers to pay their workers for all of the time they work – even if that time was spent setting up or closing down.

How Did Employers Pay Employees Prior To The Law Change?

Retail and service employees are often assigned to shifts that require them to open or close a business location. Before the ruling four years ago, their employers could demand their employees perform certain duties before punching in or out for the day – and they did.

Even if it only takes a few minutes to start or end your day at work, you must be paid for this time. After all, those minutes add up over time, which means you could be missing out on many hours’ worth of wages.

Do You Need Legal Assistance?

If your employer is unfairly making you work off the clock, you don’t have to take it. You can fight back by taking legal action. Our attorneys at K2 Employment Law can provide the legal guidance and support you need to file your claim and pursue compensation.

This legal matter has been settled for about four years, which means that you could be entitled to a potentially significant amount of back pay if your employer has failed to comply with the law.

For more information or to request a free consultation with one of our employment law attorneys, contact K2 Employment Law online or call (800) 590-7674.