Mandatory meetings and write up

I work for a private own company and
its a daycare we have mandatory
meetings that we are not getting paid
for is that illegal and also I got
written up for something or incident
that happened in February is that
illegal as well and I just received the
write-up up on March 25th

Asked on April 28, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois


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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If you are an hourly wage employee (i.e. not salaried), then the time that you spend in a mandatory meeting is work time and thereby compensable. In other words, your employer has to pay you for it. Additionally, if this time puts you into an overtime situation, then it has to be paid as overtime pay (as long as you are a non-exempt employee). If you are not being properly paid, then you can contact your state department of labor and/or consult an employment attorney.
Note:  If you refuse to attend this training you could lose your job (unless you have an employment contract, union agreement or there is a company policy contrary to this).

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Mandatory meetings are work--anything made mandatory by the employer is work. If you are an hourly employee, you must be paid for all work time, including meeting time. (If you are salaried, your weekly salary covers all work time during the week, including meetings.) If not paid for all time, you could contact your state department of labor to file a wage and hour complaint; you could potentially recover any unpaid work time for up to the last two years.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.