As salaried employee, can I be forced to make up hours I spent at a company meeting?

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As salaried employee, can I be forced to make up hours I spent at a company meeting?

At my fortune 500 company it seems like they like to pick and choose when I am considered hourly or salary. When they schedule a meeting on my day off, I have to attend and they say since I am salaried, I don’t get paid for it. However if the meeting falls on a day I am scheduled to work, I am told I need to make up the hours because I do not meet my weekly minimum. Which is correct?

Asked on June 2, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

They are both correct and both are congruent or compatible with being salaried:
1) A salaried employee receives a salary for all work done during a work week--including on what would nominally be his or her day off. Therefore, a salaried employee can be made to work additional days without any extra compensation.
2) Any employee can be asked to make up extra "productive" time lost to meetings (i.e. if they don't feel you are meeting a minimum amount of non-meeting work done), and if you are salaried, they do not need to pay you more when they require you to work more.

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