Is mandatory training time to be paid?

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Is mandatory training time to be paid?

I have been employed in the service industry for 20 years. We are required to come in and attended a mandatory meeting for a Guest Satisfaction Survey on our day off/come in eary. We are threatened with 2 shifts being taken away a week if we fail to attend. These meetings are not paid they are mandatory meetings .

Asked on October 14, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

If an employee is not entitled to receive overtime, they are what is called "exempt". In such a case, an employer may require that an employee attend training, meetings, etc. outside of their normal working hours without any additional compensation. Most salaried employees are exempt although salaried and exempt  are not the same thing and some salaried workers are eligible for OT. Therefore, they can be made to work additional hours without being paid anything extra.
The situation is different for non-exempt employees, that is for workers who can earn OT. Most non-exempt employees are hourly employees. These employees must be paid for all hours worked. Accordingly, if an employee is doing something which their employer requires them to do, they must be paid for it to the extent it takes them into OT, typically over 40 hours per week, they must be paid time and a half.
If you think that your employer is violating the law, you can consult directly with an employment law attorney and/or file a complaint with your state's department of labor.

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