Is it legal for an employer to hold meetings but not pay their employees for attending them?

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Is it legal for an employer to hold meetings but not pay their employees for attending them?

Asked on November 4, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona

Answers:

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

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Are you an exempt or non-exempt employee?  If you are exempt employee, there is no upper limit on how many hours you could be asked to work - including time for mandatory meetings.  Basically, exempt employees are: Management (ie you supervise other people and have have considerable discretion in your work); Professionals (your job requires advanced or technical training - engineers, accountants, lawyers, etc); Administrators (if you they exercise considerable discretion in your position). 

If not, then you are a non-exempt employee and work time is paid time.  If you are being ordered to go to the meetings (i.e. they not voluntarily), this it is considered to be compensable work time.  Your employer has to pay you for it. 

Note:  If it puts you into overtime, then it has to be paid (as overtime pay). 


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