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    We currently have a debate concerning training during the lunch hour where the company provides the training seminar and lunch on premises. The DOL listed 4 criteria's that must be met to be considered an unpaid training session:

    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. all four of these conditions need to exist or let's say just A & B or C or D, for example?

    To fill in the blanks.....the training was how to use the company's software to electronically record your timesheet and expenses so they can be correctly billed to our clients. A few of the employee's who attended this training are directly responsible for processing these task and were in attendance to answer questions. HR sent an email after the training to inform the employees they would not be paid for attending. Is it or isn't it considered unpaid?

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    All four must be true. If any one of them "fails", then the time is compensable.
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    • #3
      Wow PattyMD that was a quick reply!

      Looks like it is considered paid time.



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