Should you be paid for sleeping on the job? According to the California Supreme Court, the answer is a resounding yes -- unless, that is, your employer has an applicable wage order that expressly authorizes them to exclude compensable hours from your pay.
This decision comes after a group of security guards filed a class action lawsuit against their employer alleging that they were owed minimum wage and overtime pay for being forced to remain on the job site in company trailers while they were on call. The security guards could reportedly use the time they were on call for personal activities; however, they were not allowed to have their children or pets in the trailers during this time, nor have any adult visitors unless the security company received approval from their client. The guards were also required to notify the dispatcher if they wanted to leave the job site while on call and were told to remain within a 30-minute radius.