on call without pay
Question Details: my employer is trying to confine staff members who are on standy call after hours,to their homes,we receive no pay for being on stand by,is this legal
The answer is strongly "it depends." First, an employer can make it a condition of employment that you are at home and available when on "standby" after hours. It's not that he/she can imprison you--clearly you can go out--but they can fire you if you're not willing to abide by the rules.
In terms of being paid, are you a salaried or excempt employee, or an hourly or non-exempt? If non-exempt (i.e. someone eligible for overtime), you would have a good argument that if you are being told to stay at home and wait for a call, you are "working" and need to be paid for the time--you are being instructed what to do by your employer, for his/her benefit, as part of your job, which is sort of the definitinion of work.
If you're salaried, however, then you don't even get extra pay--your recourse is to try to negotiate a higher salary or leave for a different job.
The kicker is whether there are any contracts, either personal between you and your employer, or union/collective bargaining agreements covering you. If so, you need to take a look at what they say.