Can HR MAKE us go to an event if it is not during office hours and use it as part of our review?

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Can HR MAKE us go to an event if it is not during office hours and use it as part of our review?

We are being threatened that we must attend a party that none of us want to go to and are being told that attendance to all after hours functions will be part of our annual review.

Asked on October 26, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Making attendance at such a function mandatory, is perfectly legal. The fact is that a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit. This is true absent some form of legally actionable discrimination or if such a requirement violates the terms of a union agreement or employment contract. Additionally, attendance can be used as part of an annual review. That having been said, if you are paid hourly, then you may be entitled to compensation for the time that you spend at this event.


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