Service Tech Overtime Attorney

Field Service Technician: When does the clock start?

Question: I am a Field Service Technician and must call in each day from home to get my day’s schedule. Am I on the clock from this point on?

Answer: The question of whether initial activities start the clock has been a hot issue with field service technicians.

If a field service tech must do a significant amount of work at home prior to leaving for their first assignment or after returning from their last assignment, their employer may be required to pay them for their travel time to or from home, which for most employees would be unpaid commuting time.  This is one of the many overtime rules that too often go ignored.

Client Reviews


A situation that involves attorneys is emotional - Mike Lore is an attentive listener and really helped me come to the terms of my situation. He used his understanding of the law to construct a case that was grounded in fact and skipped the needless 'finger-pointing' and 'he-said/she-said' back and forth. Mike's professionalism with me (the client) and the opposing attorney moved the case forward quickly with a successful result.

- E.S.


After talking to HR and trying to find answers to my questions about the overtime laws online, I was so confused. I contacted the firm and spoke to Stacy. She was so nice and took the time to review my pay stubs. She explained what the law requires and how it applied to my job. Turns out I do not have a case. Even though I didn’t have a case, she sent me a follow up email with even more information. So glad I called them.

- P.A.


We live in another state, but my husband's company sent him to work in Texas for 6 months. With the laws being completely different from our home state, it was nice to speak to a professional that could put us at ease and explain the laws to us.

- D.E.

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