What Qualifies As Work

What Qualifies As Work

Generally speaking, work is anything that an employee does during his or her assigned hours that in one way or another is related to the function, form, or production of the employer. Working on an assembly line is related to the production of the business. Working as a business consultant is related to the form of the business. A payroll manager is contributing to the function of the business.

The following situations are considered work:

Breaks - Although neither required by the Texas state nor federal governments, some employers offer or require breaks to be taken by employees. These periods are considered work time. Non-Required Work - Any optional work performed is considered work time because it is related to the function, form, or production of the business. Voluntary Work - Some employers assign special tasks on a voluntary basis. These tasks and the time they require are considered work. Non-Approved Work - Work performed for an employer that is not authorized or not approved is still considered work. The employer must specifically prevent you from performing non approved work.

Things That Are Not Work But Are Payable

Non-Productive Time - Call-center workers, receptionists, security personnel, and others frequently have periods where there is no work to be performed. This is considered work time even though it is non-productive. A good example of this is a receptionist reading a novel while waiting for the telephone to ring. Travel-Time- Driving a company vehicle to run errands is considered payable time even though work is not being performed.
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