Can an owner make an employee stay and finish work after he has clocked out for the day? Also, can an owner require an employee to attend mandatory meetings without being paid for it?

Steve Duggan replies:

The answer is very clearly “no”, to both questions. These requirements violate both the Fair Labor Standards Act as well as most states’ wage and hour laws. These types of actions have also been the subject of a lot of lawsuits over the past few years, and always result in huge losses to the employer. You mention that the employee in question is mentally disabled and is being taken advantage of. I would advise that he consult with a local employment attorney about his rights.

Posted 05-11-2016

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