Wage theft is a confusing subject for most employees. Employers then frequently take advantage of employees because of the inherent confusion when it comes to compensation. One of the things that many employees do not understand is that they are completely entitled to compensation for all time spent on duty for less than 24 hours. This includes compensation for things such as nap or sleep times.
Simply put, if an employer requires that you spend a great deal of time on the premises of the workplace and that requirement also means that you must eat and sleep at the workplace, you are entitled to payment for the entire time you spend at work. It is common for employers to pick up time sheets and then subtract hours for sleeping, naps and foods from the employee’s paycheck. But this behavior is actually illegal and the employer can be taken to court for attempting to subtract that time.
Why You Should Be Paid for Time Not Spent “Working”
It may seem reasonable to you for an employer to take out the time that you spent napping or sleeping out of your paycheck because you were not actively working and it may seem that therefore you should not be paid for that time. But when you are forced to stay on the premises, you cannot leave and live your life as you normally would and more importantly as you would want to. When there is a major interruption in your life due to work conflicts, you deserve to be compensated for this sacrifice. You are in fact actively performing a duty for your employer simply by just staying nearby.