Can an employer ask that the employees go to a mandatory meeting after work hours and not pay them?

Posted 05-12-2010

Ann Kiernan replies:

No! Not unless they are salaried executives or professionals. Non-exempt (hourly) employees are entitled to be paid for all hours worked, which included mandatory meetings and training sessions.

Employees who have not been paid for all hours worked can file complaints with state or federal wage and hour offices.


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About the Author:

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.