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    for mandatory meetings a notice must be given how far in advance before a meeting? also does the employer have to make it acessible to the night shift-10pm to 6am shift or is a 2:30 and/or 9:30 meetings is all they have to do? should they accomadate the night shift with a 6am or 10pm meeting if they are mandatory?

  • #2
    They can call a mandatory meeting at any time with whatever amount of notice they want to give or without any notice. They can require you attend no matter what time it is called for & no matter if it isn't during your shift.

    Since it is a mandatory meeting, if you are a non-exempt employee, you have to be paid for your time.
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    • #3
      Courtesy might make you want to give at minimum a two-week notice to your team as to the date and time of a mandatory meeting. NO THIS IS NOT REQUIRED BY LAW, but the more notice you give, hopefully, the more team members will be able to attend.

      Courtesy might also make you want to schedule two meetings, a morning one and an afternoon one, so that individuals who do not normally work that day, or whom might work an over-night shift, can adjust their schedules for one or the other time periods. ALSO NOT REQUIRED BY LAW, but will hopefully maximize attendance.

      I have only seven team members, and I cannot get all seven of them in the building at the same time to have a team meeting, regardless of whether I make it a mandatory one or not. One of the things I've done now is publish an in-house Monthly Team Newsletter/Information packet. At the end of the packet is a form the team member fills out, signs, and returns to me that they've read and understood the materials in the packet.

      Expect that no matter what you do to call a team meeting, you will have absentent individuals for whatever their reasons. Handing out meeting minutes with paychecks, with a form they are required to sign and return, will not substitute for the absence, but will hopefully continue to disemminate the information you want.

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      • #4
        What my employer used do do is hold two meetings, one at the change of shift between third and first, and one at change of shift between first and second. Employees could sign up for which ever they preferred, but all employees would have the opportunity of just staying late/coming in early for them.

        They would usually give a week's notice.

        Although not required by our states reporting pay law, we would be paid for three hours, no matter how long the meeting lasted. It seldom would last longer than an hour.

        The above answers are correct, but there are ways to make a mandatory meeting more palatable to the employees and really doesn't cause the employer any hardship (okay, maybe in this economy the extra pay might be).
        The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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        • #5
          I took the question as coming from the employee so I didn't go into detail as to what the employer can do to make meetings easier on everyone. I just answered the question as asked. However, it would be nice if the employer took some of the other two posters' suggestions.
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