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I work for an ambulance company as an emt. Recently, I was sent home 7 hrs and 42 mins early on a scheduled shift because no partner was available to work with me. Am I entitled to be paid for that time? I was there, ready willing and able to work and I was offered no alternative assignment .
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Hello,Thank you for the information and your question. Assuming that there is no written contract that guarantees you a certain number of hours work, the employer could send you home early without paying you for the entire day. However, Mass. does have a reporting pay law that says that if an employee is scheduled to work over 3 hours and shows up and then is sent home, the employer must pay them for at least 3 hours of work even if they work less. The catch is that the law only requires that the pay be at minimum wage. You can see a discussion of the law at the following link: http://www.mass.gov/lwd/labor-standards/minimum-wage/opinion-letters/2007/07092007-reporting-pay-provision-three.html Please let me know if you need any clarification.
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