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I work for a company that requires nurses to be on call 1 - 2 days a week.  I understand that since we can do other activities of daily living; grocery shopping, movies etc that this is not considered hours worked.  I noticed that in one of your responses on this subject that time spent responding to an on call situation is considered hours worked. What does this include, preparing for the work time such as dressing/uniform, travel time to work, delivering children to a sitter etc?

John - Dressing and dropping children off do not count as work time, if you are not regularly at work on these days, the time driving to and fro should count as time worked.  On normal work days, commuting does not count as work, but the rule changes if you are on call.

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Margaret M. deMarteleire


I can answer most questions about employment law, federal or state. I am an attorney, not an HR professional, so questions about HR careers, coursework, prospects, etc. are not within my scope.


Attorney for 20 years, currently working exclusively with employment law - FLSA, FMLA, federal contracts, pay, etc.

Temple University School of Liberal Arts, BA, Rhetoric & Communication, 1982 Temple University School of Law, JD, 1990 Certificate in HR, Cornell University ILR School, 2006

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