Is this legal?

I am a salary employee who is mandated to work a set number of hours a week. We have 2 mandatory meetings every 28 days and sometimes mandatory training which we are not permitted to count as hours worked. Some of my colleagues travel as much as 2 hours to attend these meetings which are approximately 4 hours long. I feel like this is not entirely legal.

Asked on June 4, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Salaried employees are expected to complete their assigned jobs, regardless of the time it takes to fulfill their responsibilities. Their salary covers any time that they are requried to perform their job duties. However, if you make less than $23,660 annually, you may be entitled to overtime. Here is a link to  site that will explain further: https://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime/fs17g_salary.htm 

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

A salaried worker receives a weekly salary (equal to 1/52nd of his or her annual salary) which is his or her total compensation for all hours worked (including meetings) that week. A salaried worker can work 168 hours per week--literally 24/7--and still only receive his or her weekly salary. The employer determine how many hours are worked by the salaried worker.


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