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  • Can an employer make unpaid meetings mandatory? Nevada

    Just started a new job this past Monday, and we had our first meeting today. After 45 minutes of the usual meeting BS, I find out these "safety meetings" happen once a month and then I find out we do not get paid for them.

    Can an employer legally make any meeting mandatory if they aren't paying employees for attending?

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    The employer can certainly make the meeting mandatory.

    The "unpaid" aspect is sort of a "that depends". If you are legally Non-Exempt, someone who is normally paid overtime and whose pay normally varies based on actual hours worked, then safety meetings are normally just another type of hours worked (see below). If instead you are Exempt, do not normally get paid overtime or pay based on actual hours worked, then you would not normally get more money for this.

    The "law" on this issue are the following two federal DOL regulations.

    29 CFR 785.27 - General.
    Attendance at lectures, meetings, training programs and similar activities need not be counted as working time if the following four criteria are met:
    (a) Attendance is outside of the employee's regular working hours;
    (b) Attendance is in fact voluntary;
    (c) The course, lecture, or meeting is not directly related to the employee's job; and
    (d) The employee does not perform any productive work during such attendance.

    29 CFR 785.28 - Involuntary attendance.
    Attendance is not voluntary, of course, if it is required by the employer. It is not voluntary in fact if the employee is given to understand or led to believe that his present working conditions or the continuance of his employment would be adversely affected by nonattendance.
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