Q. Can we require full-time
A. You can require them to attend, but pay is a trickier matter. Federal regulations say time spent at work-related functions outside of regular hours—including meetings, training programs and workshops—must be counted as paid-work hours unless all the following criteria are met: (1.) The employee's attendance is truly voluntary. (2.) The event is not directly related to the person's work. (3.) The employee doesn't perform any productive work during such meeting.