From the Hotline: Mandatory Show-Up Pay

Question:  Does Washington State have mandatory “show-up” pay if an employee is scheduled and then sent home?

Answer:  No. If employees show-up for work, but the business has no work for them and sends them home, there is no requirement for “show-up” pay. Under the rules in Washington, employees must be paid for actual hours worked. Businesses are not required to give prior notice of a schedule change.  You may, however, set a company standard for minimum pay when that happens.  Just be sure to apply your policy consistently throughout your organization.

For more information, visit:  http://www.lni.wa.gov/WorkplaceRights/Wages/PayReq/ShowUp/default.asp

http://www.lni.wa.gov/WorkplaceRights/files/policies/esc2.pdf.