Is an employer legally required to pay an employee to attend a mandatory meeting on a Saturday from 8 am to 9 am?

UPDATED: Nov 21, 2011

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Is an employer legally required to pay an employee to attend a mandatory meeting on a Saturday from 8 am to 9 am?

We never have Saturday hours.

Asked on November 21, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania


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

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Assuming that you are a non-exempt employee, most training time is compensable; it is time for which an employee must be paid. This is because all time spent by an employee performing activities which are job-related is typically "work time". 

Specifically, training time is work time if it is required by the employer. That having been said, training time need not be counted as work time and consequently not paid if all of the following factors are met:

  1. it occurs outside of an employee's normal work schedule,
  2. it is truly voluntary (i.e. no direct or indirect pressure on the employee to attend),
  3. it is not directly related to the employee's current job (i.e. the training is designed to qualify them to get a new job and not to enhance the skills used by them on the existing job), and
  4. the employee does no other work during the training.

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