|A source of irritation for employees can be the issue of pay — or no pay — for time spent attending meetings and training sessions. Tell employees they have to attend a meeting or training program, and the employees may raise questions like these:
An employer can lessen, and even end, the irritation employees experience, and avoid having to deal with questions like those above by adopting a clear policy on the topic.
Address the following in this policy:
1. How often do you have employee meetings? For example: Once a year, once a month, every other month.
2. Is employee attendance requested or mandatory? This is especially important if meetings are held when all employees aren’t on-duty but are required to come into work to attend the meeting.
Warning: Keep in mind that if you require off-duty employees to attend meetings…you must pay them for that time. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers must pay employees for attending meetings:
3. Be sure and mention where the meetings are usually held, what time they are held and what type of topics will be discussed.
Here’s some wording to consider in a meetings policy: “The Company holds monthly employee meetings. These meetings are usually held at 4 p.m. in the staff lounge. All employees are required to attend. Off-duty personnel are required to punch-in at the start of the meeting and punch-out at the end of the meeting. You will be paid your regular rate of pay for your attendance at these meetings.”
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