Can an employer force an employee to attend a meeting that has been scheduled on her day off?

Posted 10-13-2015

Ann Kiernan replies:

Yes. Of course, if she is a non-exempt (hourly) employee, she is entitled to be paid for all hours worked, which include mandatory meetings. And note that if the employee has taken the day off for religious observation, you must explore whether a reasonable accommodation can be reached.

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Ann Kiernan has litigated claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination before state and federal courts and administrative matters before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, representing both employers and employees. Ms. Kiernan co-hosted The Employee Rights Forum, a weekly radio call-in show reaching up to a half-million listeners in the New York metropolitan area, and her articles on employment law have been published in many books and magazines. Both as a firm partner and as a director, Ms. Kiernan gained solid experience in management and human resources compliance. She has worked with Fair Measures since 1997.