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I work in Boise,Idaho and we are having an after hours mandatory meeting at a resteraunt. Company is buying dinner and stated that because they are buying our dinner they do not have to pay us for this mandatory meeting. I work from 9 to 5 and the meeting is from 6 to 9, I am required to be there and will not be paid, is this legal?

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It is not legal for hourly non exempt employees. If you are hourly non exempt and the meeting is mandatory whether or not they pay for dinner you must be paid for attending the meeting. If the meeting is voluntary and you can opt to not attend you do not need to be paid.

If you are salaried exempt you are not paid for the meeting.

In accordance with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, overtime must be paid at a rate of time and one half for all hours "worked" over 40 in a workweek, unless the employer or the individual employee is considered exempt.


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I can answer questions about payroll laws and payroll tax laws and Human Resource laws and agencies. I can answer federal payroll and human resource law questions and most states; I do not have a knowledge of the local taxes for cities and counties within the state. If and when I can I will try and send you the website where you can reference the answer and where you can obtain more information as well as a contact number if needed for that particular agency. Some agencies I have worked with are IRS, Department of Labor (federal and state), Revenue Canada (and provincial governments), Inland Revenue, OSHA (0ccupational Safety and Health Administration); Social Security Administration and National Child Support as well as other agencies in Payroll and Human Resources. Some Laws I am particularly familiar with are FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act), FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act ) , QDRO's, QMCSO's, and other support orders and garnishments, USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Remployment Rights Act,PPA Act (Pension Protection Act of 2006, As well as most other employment type acts. I am also well versed in the Title V Civil Rights Act and the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

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PHR Certification in Human Resources CPP Certification in Payroll in U.S. Payroll Administrator and Payroll Supervisor certification in Canada

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