Can I ask for any compensation for showing up for work and receiving a "last minute" text from my boss asking me not to come in?
Additional note, my workplace is contracted with a union organization if that helps. Thank you.
1 attorney answer
There is a law in California that provides for Reporting Time Pay. The basic concept of the law is if you show up for work and then are told to go home, either at the start of a scheduled shift or at any time during the first half of the shift, then the employer is required to pay a non-exempt employee half of the time lost by the call off.
Reporting Time Pay only applies to situations when the turn away occurs after you have arrived at the job. In your situation, unfortunately, you had not arrived at the job before the text calling you off was received. Although very close in time, you likely will not qualify for Reporting Time Pay. However, if it was me, I would probably still ask HR and see how it responds. They may not know the statute well enough to know it probably does not apply.
Good luck to you.
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