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Pay for After-Hours Event if It’s Work-Related

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Q. Can we require full-time nonexempt employees to attend work-related functions after regular hours? If so, should this time be compensated? —M.A., Texas

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.

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