Answer: All hours that the employee is required to give the employer are considered work, and should be compensated. The language in the law is "suffered or permitted," which means if you allow the person to work, you pay. This means, office assistants or program assistants may not volunteer to do their jobs. County directors need to review work done before and after the eight-hour day, and also work performed during the lunch hour. Work during the fair or overnight camps needs to be evaluated to determine pay obligations. If the employer is aware of the time worked and benefits from the work, the employees must be compensated, even if they don't ask.