Skip to Main Content

FLSA Hours Worked Advisor


A homeworker is any employee employed to perform work at home for an employer.

You may review the information on "suffer or permit to work" by clicking on the underlined text.

Examples of work performed by homeworkers are:

  • A person who sews or performs other manufacturing at home;
  • A person hired to do data processing at home;
  • A person who is hired to do telephone surveys from their home;
  • A person who ties fishing flies at home;
  • A person who does bookkeeping, payroll or other clerical work at home.

All of the time your employee spends at home as a homeworker is not hours worked for you or your business. Ordinarily, your employee will engage in normal private pursuits such as eating, sleeping, cleaning, and other periods when no work is being performed for you or your business.

The hours your employee actually works as a homeworker includes time he or she spends preparing materials, cleaning up and traveling to and from the company to pick up and return finished work. If your employee reports (to pick up or return work) at the time you designated and is required to wait, such waiting time is hours worked. If your employee reports at a time other than that which you specified, the waiting time will not be considered hours worked.

There are special recordkeeping requirements which apply to homeworkers. Click on the underlined text to learn more about working at home. For more information, please contact your local Wage and Hour District Office.

Employment of homeworkers in certain industries is restricted and requires certification. If you have employees who work at home in the following industries you need to contact your local Wage and Hour District Office.

  • Women’s apparel, including unisex and children’s apparel,
  • Jewelry manufacturing,
  • Knitted outerwear,
  • Gloves and mittens,
  • Button and buckle manufacturing,
  • Handkerchief manufacturing, or
  • Embroideries.

Return to the Hours Worked Advisor Main Menu