If you are required to be at work to attend a meeting, do you have to be compensated for that time?

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If you are required to be at work to attend a meeting, do you have to be compensated for that time?

When my boss is not at work, I am required to go to a morning meeting 20 minutes
before the normal work day. I had thought I was being paid for this, and just
recently realized I have not been being paid for it. Since I am required to be
there and work for the 20 minutes, does my employer legally have to pay me for
that 20 minutes?

I am told that since we get a 20 minute paid lunch, that covers me coming in
earlier when needed.

Asked on September 30, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Indiana

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

All work time is compensable. This means that for any time that an emplpyee is required to undertake any work duites, they are required to be paid. That haing been said, IN does not require that a meal break be given. Therefore, to the extent that one is provided and paid for, then an employee must comply with their employer's wishes as to how and when that time is taken and spent, absent an employement/union agreement to the contrary.

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

All work time is compensable. This means that for any time that an emplpyee is required to undertake any work duites, they are required to be paid. That haing been said, IN does not require that a meal break be given. Therefore, to the extent that one is provided and paid for, then an employee must comply with their employer's wishes as to how and when that time is taken and spent, absent an employement/union agreement to the contrary.


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