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    Is it legal for an employer to force you to attend a meeting every monday and not pay you for it? furthermore, can they reprimand you for being late to the mandatory meeting, if they aren't paying you?

    thanks!

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    Originally posted by kaybow View Post
    Is it legal for an employer to force you to attend a meeting every monday and not pay you for it? furthermore, can they reprimand you for being late to the mandatory meeting, if they aren't paying you?

    thanks!
    First off, yes, you can be reprimanded/disciplined/terminated for being late to a mandatory meeting.

    However; if you are a non-exempt employee, you need to be paid for this time. (mandatory meetings) Exempt employees get a fixed weekly salary no matter how many hrs. they work incl. going to mandatory meetings.
    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.

    You can put a wage claim in with your state's DOL if you are a non-exempt employee. (or file a lawsuit for payment of wages owed)

    I'm assuming the FLSA applies to you/your employer.
    http://www.dol.gov/esa/regs/compliance/whd/whdfs14.pdf
    Last edited by Betty3; 05-19-2008, 11:49 PM. Reason: add info
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      It is legal to force you to attend a mandatory meeting every Monday, even if that is your day off.

      It is legal to discipline you, up to and including termination, for being late to the meeting, regardless of circumstances.

      Whether or not you must be paid for the meeting depends on whether you are exempt or non-exempt. If you are non-exempt, read Betty's answer. If you are exempt, there are no circumstances whatsoever in which the law entitles you to a single penny over and above your regular salary, even if you work 168 hours a week.
      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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