Expansion of the Reporting Time Obligation and the Impact For On-Call Shifts

A new decision from the California Court of Appeals in Ward v. Tilly’s, Inc. adopts a new standard for reporting time pay applicable to non-exempt employees. Tilly’s has now expanded “reporting time” to include situations where employees are required to contact their employer (either by phone, email, logging on to work system, etc.) before their “on-call” shifts.  The Court ruled the employer’s requirement that plaintiff contact the store triggered the “reporting time” pay obligation at the moment the contact occurred, regardless of whether the employee had to actually physically report to work.

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