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  1. #1
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    Default Compensation for Waiting Time

    My question involves employment and labor law for the state of: Florida

    Currently we have very long lines to get into work, around 30 minutes every day. The question has been raised, are we suppose to be compensated for this waiting time? Everyone is ready and on site to work, but we must wait patiently to get through the security lines. A lot of people want to know if we should be paid from the time we arrive on site or if it's considered free time to the company. The majority of us are contract employees, not company employees.

    Thanks for your inputs.

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    Default Re: Waiting Time

    Then you will have to address your contract for an answer.

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    Default Re: Compensation for Waiting Time

    My contract does not address this issue. I arrive to work at 6:00 every day and start waiting in line for at least 30 minutes just to get into the front door. I am one of many frusterate people that does not know how to deal with this. We feel we should be compensated since we are onsite and ready to work. However, this appears to be a grey issue in the contract.

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    Default Re: Compensation for Waiting Time

    If you are IC's then employment law does not apply - contract law does. If the contract does not address the issue, then I don't know what to tell you.

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    Default Re: Compensation for Waiting Time

    What if instead of encountering a traffic jam at the entrance of your place of employment, you daily encounter traffic jams/heavy traffic on the road, would you be asking for compensation for sitting on the roadways on your way to work?
    Maybe you can use that time in a productive way, such as catching up on some reading, or listening to a "book-on-tape" on your headphones, for example.

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    Default Re: Compensation for Waiting Time

    Quote Quoting cbg
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    If you are IC's then employment law does not apply - contract law does. If the contract does not address the issue, then I don't know what to tell you.
    I suspect he means that they work for a third party employer (e.g. Kelly Services), not that they're independent contractors; clarification would be helpful.

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