Usually yes!

Attendance at training, meetings and lectures generally must be counted as work activities unless all four of the following criteria are met:

  • Attendance is outside the employee’s regular work hours;
  • Attendance is voluntary;
  • The course is not directly related to the employee’s job; and
  • The employee does not perform any productive work while attending the lecture.

Attendance is not voluntary if the employee is led to believe that his or her present employment would be adversely affected if he or she did not attend.

This general rule may not apply to very small firms and in certain other circumstances-check with your state’s Department of Labor office or contact our attorneys here at WORLDLawDirect!

See also…

Salary and Workers Compensation