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  • 30min lunch blended into 1 hour meeting only paid for 30 District of Columbia

    My wifes employer had a mandatory meeting in the lunch room. The first half was all meeting. The second part of the hour was my wifes lunch time but the meeting was still active and therfore she was not permitted to leave. Since it was mandatory, that to me falls under "if you are given the impression that you must attend in order to keep your job", then the employer must pay its employees for the full hour even though any other time 30 minutes of that particular hour would have been an un-paid lunch.
    pjanak

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    Assuming she is a nonexempt employee, if the meeting lasted an hour, she needs to be paid for that hour. Was she not allowed to take her 30-minute lunch time later?
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      Assuming she is non-exempt:

      http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs22.pdf

      Lectures, Meetings and Training Programs: Attendance at lectures, meetings, training programs and similar activities need not be counted as working time only if four criteria are met, namely: it is outside normal hours, it is voluntary, not job related, and no other work is concurrently performed.
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        Originally posted by Pattymd View Post
        Assuming she is a nonexempt employee, if the meeting lasted an hour, she needs to be paid for that hour. Was she not allowed to take her 30-minute lunch time later?
        Nope she had to take the lunch then. I figured I was right. I explained all this to my wife.
        pjanak

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          Originally posted by pjanak View Post
          I figured I was right.
          You certainly were.
          Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

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