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

Answers:

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.


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