is a non salaried employee entitled compensation for an after hours event

Mandatory attendance is required at the company open house and was told I would
not be paid

Asked on September 14, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If you are paid hourly, then you must be paid for any time at a company function that your empoyer requires you attend. As a worker, you are required to attend whatever function, meeting, etc. as mandated by your company. The fact is that in an "at will" employment relationship, a business can set the terms of work much as it sees fit (absent some for of actionable discrimination). This is true even if the event occurs after regular working hours. However, as stated above, this time is considered to be work time so must be paid. Further, if you are a "non'exempt" employee, if this extra time puts you over 40 hours in your work week, you must be pais OT.

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