Security Guards

The security guard service industry includes those firms that provide protection to firms or individuals. Normally, the guard obtains a State license which is portable from firm to firm. The guards cover a post daily and are usually paid on an hourly basis.


If the security guard is employed in an establishment that is engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce, such as a warehouse, factory, bank, insurance company, etc, he/she is covered by the FLSA.

Typical Problems

The security guard cannot bear the cost of the uniform, gun, whistle, belt, and other employer/industry required tools if by purchasing them he/she receives less than the applicable minimum wage or such purchasing would cut into any overtime wages earned. This applies whether she\he buys the uniform directly or if it is sold to the employee by the firm.

The cost of dry cleaning the uniform cannot be borne by the employee if in doing so he/she receives less than the minimum wage or the costs would cut into any overtime wages.

Overtime must be calculated on a workweek basis, and the hours cannot be averaged over a two week period.

The hours worked by guards in more than one post in the same week must be counted together for overtime purposes.

Travel time between work sites must be treated as hours worked.

All hours of work must always be recorded; sometimes they are hidden by showing "expense" payments for hours over 40 in a week, which is illegal.

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