Ann Kiernan replies:
Maybe I’m missing something, but these sound like mandatory events, not optional!
I see that you are in accounts receivable, so I assume that you are an hourly, non-exempt employee. Therefore, if your employer is requiring your attendance at events (which is the case if these events are part of your expected job responsibilities) you should be paid for those events, with overtime pay if those events put you over 40 hours for the week.
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