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January 25, 2023 • Articles

Compensable Time for Preliminary and Postliminary Activities Under FLSA

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), hours worked ordinarily includes all the time during which an employee is required to be on the employer’s premises, on duty, or at a prescribed workplace, performing their principal activities (primary duties they were hired for). However, compensable time also includes certain preliminary activities (performed before beginning principal activities) and postliminary activities (performed after completing principal activities) that are integral and indispensable to the primary duties. See our infographic reference for identifying certain compensable and non-compensable preliminary and postliminary activities.

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