Piece Rate Workers May Be Owed Back Wages For In-Between Work

Last Updated on June 26, 2017

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At A Glance

This Alert Affects
Workers who have been paid on a 'piece rate' or 'flag rate' basis.
Piece rate workers may be able to seek compensation for unpaid work hours. This may include "down time" in-between tasks, waiting time or time spent performing menial or "non-piece rate" tasks.
Additional Details
Piece rate workers are paid a fixed rate for each unit of production, regardless of the number of hours worked.
A California court ruled in April 2013 that the piece rate pay system for a Los Angeles auto repair shop failed to adequately compensate workers.