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Remote Work in Dentistry, Optometry, Veterinary: Which Location's Minimum Wage Do We Pay?

Nina Panugaling
Posted by Nina Panugaling on July 10, 2019

The Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA, is a federal law that regulates minimum wage, overtime, equal pay, recordkeeping, and child labor for all industries - including dentistry, optometry, and veterinary. Work being performed remotely counts as time worked. You must compensate remote nonexempt employees for all hours worked, whether that work is performed at home or another remote location, under FLSA.

Which Location's Minimum Wage Do We Pay?

Some practice owners have employees that work remotely or at a worksite in a different state, city, or municipality. Therefore, employers often ask, is the minimum hourly wage based on the location in which the main practice is located, or is the minimum hourly wage based on the location in which the work is being performed.

The answer is simple: Your remote worker will be considered an employee in his or her location of residence, not the location where your practice is based.

It is also important to be aware that some cities and counties have even higher minimum wages than the state they are located in. In general, with most employment laws, you should adhere to the law that is most beneficial to the employee.

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Whether you’re looking for HR support for a small business or you’re a large group dental practice, HR for Health has the solution to fit your practice and budget. Reach out to a HR for Health account representative to learn more, today.

Topics: Wages, Minimum Wage, Hour, Remote Employees, Paying for work in a different location

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